Autism Spectrum Disorder with Anxiety

Autism Spectrum Disorder with Anxiety

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Children, teenagers, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are commonly diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at some point in life. One study found that 40% of children with ASD also had an anxiety disorder of some kind, whether it be a phobia, OCD, or some other disorder. More than that, anxiety disorders typically amplify the social difficulties caused by ASD. Symptoms of anxiety alongside an autism spectrum disorder may include the following:

  • Excessive worry
  • Phobias (fear of certain situations or sensations)
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • School refusal

At the OCD & Anxiety Center in Chicago, we’ll help you or your child live a productive life free of anxiety. We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you with anxiety management, development of social skills, and more. It is possible to overcome fear and worry with an autism spectrum disorder—contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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