NDD and Mental Health – What is the Connection? (video)
Importantly, NDD are NOT mental health problems. NDD are differences in the way that the brain is wired. Having a NDD does not mean that there will be mental health problems, and many people with NDD experience positive mental health.
However, individuals with NDD are at an increased risk of experiencing mental health problems. For example, research has shown that over 70% of people with NDD will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder, with many meeting criteria for multiple mental health conditions within their lifetime.
Mental health problems can be a significant source of stress and even crisis for individuals and families who are impacted by NDD.
Click on the *video below to learn about the connection between NDD and mental health challenges.
*Although autism was focused on in this video segment, similarities can be found across all NDD.