SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— It might seem like a weird gift idea, but it could make a huge difference in someone’s day.
A new study found that people with autism are much happier than their non-autistic peers.
It’s a finding that could help researchers better understand the impact of their disorder on their lives.
It was just one of the findings from the study, published online Wednesday in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
The findings also come as the autism community is hoping for a cure for autism and a breakthrough in treatments.
A total of 1,300 adults were surveyed online to learn more about their personalities, attitudes and experiences with autism.
The results showed that people who identified as autistic were more likely to be very happy, more likely have positive attitudes and less likely to have negative attitudes about themselves and their families.
The researchers also found that individuals who identified themselves as having autism had higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress than those who didn’t.
They were also more likely than their nontransgender peers to have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
The study is the first of its kind to analyze how the way we perceive ourselves affects the way people perceive others.
It also sheds light on why so many people with a disorder struggle to live with the condition.
For instance, people with the disorder are more likely — though not always — to experience social isolation and to struggle with social anxiety.
They’re also more vulnerable to negative affect, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
And they may also be less likely than others to be able to connect with their families, which may lead to a greater likelihood of their having problems at home and a greater risk of a life-long disability, according to the researchers.
It’s a new way to examine the impact on people’s lives.
The findings could help doctors, teachers, parents and others better understand how to help people who have autism thrive in the workplace, said the study’s lead author, James Joslins, a professor of psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara.
It might be especially helpful for people who struggle with anxiety, and who often struggle to express themselves in everyday life.
It might also be a useful way to address the social isolation that is so prevalent in autism.
“If you know that you have this disorder, you might think that you’re alone,” Joslins said.
“But you’re not.
It can help.”
The study, which looked at 2,800 people in their 30s, 40s and 50s, is the largest to look at the impact autism has on people in a wide range of settings.
It involved people from diverse backgrounds and socioeconomic groups.
“Our study has a lot of limitations,” Josins said.
It was limited to the U.S., he noted, so the findings are not generalizable to other countries.
But it does offer insight into the mental health challenges of individuals with autism, he said.
The team, led by Joslins’ former research colleague Andrew Satterfield, analyzed the responses of 1.7 million adults from the United States, Canada, the U of S and Australia.
They then compared that data with responses from 1,200 people who weren’t autistic.
The participants were asked about their personality and attitudes, their experience with their disability and whether they had had a mental health crisis in the previous six months.
The survey took place over five days.
The results showed a correlation between people’s responses and the characteristics of the person’s disability.
The team found that those who were more socially isolated were more affected.
Those who had experienced mental health crises in the past six months were also significantly more likely at the start of the study to report having experienced a mental crisis.
The most interesting finding, Joslins and his team say, is that having experienced negative thoughts about yourself and others and feeling socially isolated in the preceding six months is a predictor of a later mental health problem.
“When you experience negative emotions, you may be less able to express yourself in everyday living, or it may become more difficult to feel comfortable with yourself and other people,” the researchers wrote.
The fact that these negative thoughts and emotions were linked to having a disability was also found to correlate with the likelihood of having a mental problem.
Those who reported experiencing negative thoughts or feelings in the three months prior to the survey were more than twice as likely to report a mental disorder.
But the researchers also wanted to see if having negative experiences in the four months before the survey would predict a mental condition, or if having more negative experiences would predict an increased likelihood of mental illness.
The finding that people experiencing negative emotions were more at risk of having mental health problems was confirmed when they were compared with people who didn