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What treatments should I be offered if I also have a mental health problem?
If you have autism and a mental health problem, you should be offered psychological treatments as recommended by NICE. However, professionals should be aware of any changes that need to be made to the treatment because of your autism. This might include more written or visual information (for example, worksheets and images), and using plain English. Professionals should offer you regular breaks during the treatment and include things you are interested in where possible. A family member, partner or carer may be involved in the treatment if you agree.
You may also be offered medication for a mental health problem, but professionals should be aware of your autism when prescribing medication, and they may make adjustments to the dose.