• Hailey Miller

Correlation between Stress and Autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a condition characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, and communication. This disorder comes with many challenges such as increased anxiety levels and communication problems, most of which are very stressful.


Anxiety is a normal part of life; however, research indicates that people with autism experience higher levels of anxiety. It was revealed that up to 84 percent of individuals with autism meet the criteria for clinically diagnosed anxiety disorders. Because of communication difficulties, an autistic person could have severe anxiety problems and a hard time expressing the disorder. Anxiety could present itself through social phobia, excessive worry, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, hyper-vigilance, other phobias, avoidance behaviours, resistance to change, stimming and/or self-injurious behaviour, controlling behaviours, meltdowns.


People with autism can find change very stressful and difficult. Because of the “behavioural information processing and sensory aspects of their diagnosis,” they often prefer familiar environments with a constant routine. Planning changes in their daily routines are very important. Some everyday changes that a person with autism may need preparation for may include: leaving the house (e.g. for school, a dentist or doctors’ appointment), having people over, doing things in a different order, or trying new things.


In conclusion, autism can cause many challenges in a person’s everyday life. Higher levels of anxiety and change in your everyday life can be extremely stressful.


Works Cited

“About Autism.” Autism Tasmania, www.autismtas.org.au/about-autism/common-challenges. Accessed 5 June 2021.


1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), commonly known as “autism,” is a developmental disorder that affects many people. Autism is lifelong, meaning that it is not curable, but there are ways to streamline t

Autism: Fact vs. Fiction

Within society today, it has become increasingly common that the effects and challenges individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience to be misconstrued, misunderstood, or falsely labelle

Maternal Mortality Among Black Women

Black women face disproportionately high rates of death during childbirth or pregnancy. Institutionalized racism and income inequality have created barriers that made accessing necessary medical care