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

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

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

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E. Veronica Bliss has over 20 years' experience working with individuals on the autistic spectrum, and has been working as a solution focused psychologist for the past six years.

Chris Mitchell was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1998, when he was 20 years old. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Information and Library Management, he currently works at Durham County Council. He is an active advocate for raising awareness of the positive aspects of AS, giving talks, seminars and workshops throughout the UK. He also offers mentoring and support services for school leavers and students entering higher education with AS. Chris has written an autobiography of his own experience of AS, entitled Glass Half-Empty, Glass Half-Full: How Asperger's Syndrome Has Changed My Life and practices meditation in his spare time.

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