Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety : A Guide to Successful Stress Management Paperback
by Nick Dubin
Many people suffer from feelings of stress and anxiety in their everyday lives.
For people with Asperger Syndrome (AS), this stress can be particularly difficult to manage.
On a daily basis people with AS must fit into a world that seems totally foreign to them and this can increase feelings of alienation and anxiety, making life's challenges especially hard to cope with. The first book on anxiety written specifically for adults with Asperger Syndrome, this book offers practical advice on how individuals with AS can manage their anxiety more effectively.
As a person with AS who has struggled with feelings of anxiety and learnt how to overcome them, Nick Dubin shares his own tried and tested solutions along with up-to-date research on stress management for individuals with AS, including a chapter on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Dubin explores the key problem areas that can lead to anxiety for people with AS such as lack of social skills, difficulties establishing romantic relationships and uncertainty about employment. Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety provides real solutions to a common problem and is essential reading for anyone with AS who has trouble managing stress. The book will also be of interest to family members, teachers and other professionals working with individuals with AS.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 15/03/2009
- Category: Psychology
- ISBN: 9781843108955
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Review by waltzmn
Here is an interesting question: Would an analyst with Asperger's Syndrome be more or less able to help a patient with the condition than a normal therapist?The answer, I think, is "It depends." It depends on the analyst, the patient, and the exact nature of the patient's problems. A neurotypical analyst will probably be more able to <i>detect</i> the sufferer's problems, but the "Aspie" might be better at understanding and offering a solution. Or not. Aspies are so varied a population that the Aspie analyst and the Aspie patient might find nothing in common.That, to some extent, happens with this book. Some of it, such as the ideas about stress and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, struck me as incredibly insightful. I found the information about cognitive behavioral therapy very informative also.And yet, I didn't feel as if there were any actual <I>answers</I> here. Dubin understands some Aspie problems -- he is "on the spectrum," after all. But I didn't feel as if he was speaking to me -- he doesn't feel like "my" kind of Asperger's sufferer. It may be different for you. But my feeling is that one should approach this book as a source of information, not of answers.