Instagram post by @bqbassclarinet Ben Quarles

It’s that time of the year again.
I’ve had to do a lot of thinking over the past few months about what I wanted to talk about for Autism Awareness Month. What I decided to talk about is something that affects me and many other people: depression. For those who don’t know, I was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at a very young age, and it has shaped me into the person that I am today. I was also diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago. Those who are on the spectrum have a high chance of also having clinical depression. The mix of not being able to communicate emotions and feelings in public situations and the internal struggles of feeling worthless and all alone from depression lead to a higher rate in suicidal tendencies, whether it be thoughts of suicide, or in worst case scenarios, actual attempts. This month, I want to talk about my struggles with this. I want to talk about other people’s struggles with this. Most importantly, I want to talk about what we can do about it. Let’s start this conversation. #aprilisautismawarenessmonth

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