Aspies on Mental Health
Speaking for Ourselves (Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome)
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|Format:||Paperback, 192 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 15 March 2011|
Individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) can be particularly at risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. In this book, adults with Asperger Syndrome talk about their own experiences of mental health issues, offering sound advice for other Aspies and providing valuable insights 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 contain innovative coping methods and strategies 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 core reading for adults with Asperger Syndrome, and their families and friends, and will be essential to psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health service providers and other professionals who support adults with Asperger Syndrome. This series presents experiences of real life issues from the perspectives of people with Asperger Syndrome (AS). It provides advice and support for adults with AS and vital insights for others wishing to gain a greater understanding of the syndrome.
Table of Contents
Introduction.; 1. Mental Health Services and Me: What Worked, and What Didn't. Janet Christmas.; 2. Coping with Depression: Positive Advice for Aspies. Debbie Allen.; 3. My Fur-lined Bucket: Alternative Methods of Dealing with Mental Health Issues. E Veronica Bliss.; 4. This Aspie Life: The Undiagnosed Aspie Experience. 8ball.; 5. A Colourful Rainbow: Embracing Autism as a Neurological Difference, Rather than a Mental Health Disorder. Melanie Smith.; 6. Getting the Right Diagnosis, and its Impact on Mental Health: Is this the Best the NHS Can Do? Cornish.; 7. Positive Mental Attitude: Coping with Setbacks, Knowing Your Own Strengths, and Finding Happiness Any Way You Can. Dean Worton.; 8. "It's all in your head": The Dangers of Misdiagnosis. Neil Shepherd.; 9. A Fairytale Life It Isn't (AKA Chapter 9): Alcohol, Self-harm, and the Benefits of Exercise. Alexandra Brown.; 10. "Getting My Life Back": A Mother's Struggle to Get Mental Health Services for Herself and Her Son. Anne Henderson.; 11. A Week in the Life Of: Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health as an Aspie. Steve Jarvis.; 12. My Plastic Bubble: Dealing with Depression, Anxiety, and Low Self-confidence. Wendy Lim.; 13. The Art of Being Content: Asperger Syndrome, Buddhism, and Me. Chris Mitchell.; 14. A Journey Looking for Answers About the Way I Am. Anthony Sclafani.; 15. A Label that Fits: Diagnoses, Self-harm, and Mental Health. Natasha Goldthorpe.; 16. Through the Looking Glass into Lynette Land: Making Humour Work. Lynette Marshall.; 17. Mental Health and the Workplace: Dealing with Criticism, Coping with Stress, and Taking Control of Your Environment. Dr. Christopher Wilson.
About the Author
Dr. 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 as a technical officer in the public sector.
|Publisher: ||Jessica Kingsley Publishers|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.30 kg)|