Autism Advocacy Network

Canadian Autism Treatment Stops Self-Harm

Nine-year-old Ellie Tomljanovic was participating in a world-first study to see if deep brain stimulation (DBS) can stop children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from self-harming. DBS is a surgical procedure in which electrical impulses are delivered to specific areas of the brain to modulate brain activity. According to news outlets the treatment proved successful in the little girl’s case.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical treatment for several different movement and neurological disorders. DBS involves placing a small device called a “stimulator” in the brain. The stimulator sends electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain, which can help to improve symptoms.

Self-harming is a serious problem that can be associated with autism. It is often a way of coping with overwhelming emotions or difficult situations. Self-harming can include cutting, burning, hitting oneself, pulling out hair, and other destructive behaviors.

While self-harming may seem like a way to cope in the moment, it can actually make things worse in the long run. It can lead to further emotional difficulties, social isolation, and physical problems. If you or someone you know is self-harming, it’s important to get help. There are many resources available to support people who are struggling.

It’s no secret that autism and mental health go hand-in-hand. In fact, according to the National Autism Association, over 50% of individuals with autism also have a mental health condition.

While the exact cause of autism is unknown, it’s believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. And while there is no cure for autism, early intervention and treatment can make a big difference in a person’s life.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of understanding and awareness about autism, many individuals with the condition go undiagnosed and untreated. This can lead to a number of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts.

If you or someone you know is struggling with autism and mental health, it’s important to seek professional help. There are many resources available to help you better understand and manage your condition. And with the right support, you can live a happy and fulfilling life.


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