By Valerie L. Gaus
An priceless source for therapists, this lucidly written booklet presents research-based ideas for addressing the center difficulties of Asperger syndrome (AS) and supporting consumers deal with often encountered comorbidities, similar to anxiousness issues and melancholy. special case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the demanding situations it provides in lifestyle, relationships, and the place of work. the writer provides a cogent reason for cognitive-behavioral intervention and provides transparent instructions for undertaking tests and designing and enforcing individualized remedies. all through, the emphasis is on supporting individuals with AS lessen misery whereas holding and construction on their distinct strengths. particular gains comprise a case formula worksheet and different priceless reproducibles.
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Like many patients with AS, Bob’s symptoms met criteria for a comorbid anxiety disorder (obsessive–compulsive disorder) and mood disorder (major depressive disorder). Because his case is the most complex of the examples given, we will revisit it the most throughout the book. His detailed case formulation and individualized treatment plan are presented in Chapter 4. These seven cases constitute a heterogeneous sample of adult patients in terms of age, gender, level of intellectual functioning, level of independence, academic achievement, and severity of symptoms.
Their problems can be difficult to conceptualize and accurately diagnose because they are longstanding and driven by multiple causes. The rest of this chapter attempts to provide a clearer understanding of the origins of complaints and behaviors typically seen in adult patients at intake. To achieve greater clarity, it is not only important to understand what AS is, but also to understand what it isn’t. The next two sections address the latter point by discussing areas of possible confusion and misconception that involve differential diagnosis and common myths.
Sorry. ” She was very articulate as she described her problems and goals for therapy. At times she would make an odd hand gesture to emphasize a point; she would raise one hand and splay her fingers stiffly and wave the hand back and forth in that position. She reported that she “hated” the day program she was attending because it is for “lower-functioning” people; she whispered when she said, “I’m sorry, but it is for people who are retarded. ” She also demonstrated some insight in that she voluntarily reported problems controlling her anger, that she was “too hyper,” “stressed out,” and wanted to learn how to focus better on her work.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome by Valerie L. Gaus