Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 1, 2005 - Education - 252 pages
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Despite increasing interest, very little is known about the occurrence of psychiatric disorders in persons with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome alerts parents and professionals to the occurrence of common emotional and psychological problems in autism (e.g. schizophrenia, violence, depression, anxiety, tics) and provides sound advice for the detection and treatment of psychiatric problems in people with ASDs. The conditions described in this book are those that Dr Ghaziuddin, an experienced psychiatrist specialising in autism, has most commonly seen in autistic children and adults, although Dr Ghaziuddin clearly states that he is not proposing a direct link between psychiatric disorders and autism, but is rather recognising the need to systematically characterise commonly occurring disorders, with the hope that this will lead to their early recognition and treatment.

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Explains the emotional and psychological difficulties that are often encountered with autistic spectrum disorders in children and adults. Gives guidance on early detection of and treatment for each of the conditions, which include schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and tic disorders. Read full review


An Overview
2 What is Asperger Syndrome?
3 Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
4 Medical Conditions in Autism
An Introduction
6 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
7 Depression and Other Mood Disorders
9 Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
10 Autism Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome
11 Other Psychiatric Disorders
12 Violence in Autism and Asperger Syndrome
The Task Ahead
Subject Index
Author Index

8 Anxiety Disorders in Autism and Asperger Syndrome

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Mohammad Ghaziuddin, MD, is a child psychiatrist with a special interest in children and adults with autism and related disorders. Author of several scientific articles on various aspects of autism, Dr Ghaziuddin has lectured widely both in the US and abroad. He is an Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, and in addition is on the editorial boards of several leading scientific journals.

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