Aspies on Mental Health: Speaking for Ourselves

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Dean Worton, Luke Beardon
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Aug 15, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 192 pages
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People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) can be particularly at risk of developing mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. Here, adults with Asperger Syndrome speak out about their own experiences of mental health issues, offering sound advice for other Aspies and providing valuable insights for family, friends and also for mental health professionals. Touching on everything from difficulties at work and college to coping with low self-confidence, self-harm, alcohol, misdiagnosis, sectioning, counselling, medication and battles with mental health services, the book provides a window into how people with AS experience mental health issues, and what can be done to help. The individual accounts describe innovative coping strategies and methods for maintaining emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as practical advice on things like how to stay positive and deal with day-to-day stress and meltdowns. This is essential reading for adults with Asperger Syndrome, and their families and friends, and will be a useful resource for psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health service providers and other professionals who support adults with Asperger Syndrome.
 

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Contents

What Worked and What Didnt Janet Christmas
16
Positive Advice for Aspies Debbie Allan
36
Alternative Methods for Dealing with Mental Health Issues E Veronica Bliss
46
The Undiagnosed Aspie Experience 8Ball
53
Embracing Autism as a Neurological Difference Rather than a Mental Health Disorder Melanie Smith
68
Is This the Best the NHS Can Do? Cornish
74
Coping with Setbacks Knowing Your Own Strengths and Finding Happiness Any Way You Can Dean Worton
85
The Dangers of Misdiagnosis Neil Shepherd
98
Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health as an Aspie Steve Jarvis
131
Dealing with Depression Anxiety and Low Selfconfidence Wendy Lim
139
Asperger Syndrome Buddhism and Me Chris Mitchell
149
14 A Journey Looking for Answers About the Way I Am Anthony Sclafani
153
Diagnoses Selfharm and Mental Health Natasha Goldthorpe
159
Making Humour Work Lynette Marshall
169
Dealing with Criticism Coping with Stress and Taking Control of Your Environment Dr Christopher Wilson
176
Contributors
189

Alcohol Selfharm and the Benefits of Exercise Alex Brown
113
AMothers Struggle to Ge tMental Health Services for Herself and Her Son Anne Henderson
125

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Luke Beardon is Senior Lecturer in Autism at The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Dean Worton has Asperger Syndrome, and runs a successful website that supports adults with AS in the UK. He hosts meetings for its members, and works in administration.

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