Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome by Valerie L. Gaus

By Valerie L. Gaus

An necessary source for therapists, this lucidly written booklet presents research-based techniques for addressing the center difficulties of Asperger syndrome (AS) and assisting consumers deal with usually encountered comorbidities, corresponding to anxiousness issues and melancholy. unique case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the demanding situations it provides in way of life, relationships, and the office. the writer offers a cogent purpose for cognitive-behavioral intervention and gives transparent instructions for undertaking exams and designing and imposing individualized treatment options. all through, the emphasis is on supporting individuals with AS lessen misery whereas retaining and development on their special strengths. distinct gains contain a case formula worksheet and different important reproducibles.

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In fact, Wolff (1998) points out that Hans Asperger himself described the condition as a “lifelong, genetically based, personality disorder” (p. 127). 3 presents an abbreviated list of the general diagnostic criteria for personality disorder from DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Every patient I have treated with AS has met all four criteria. However, we must carefully consider the DSM statement that the “pattern is not better accounted for as a manifestation or consequence of another mental disorder” (p.

He was cooperative with the interviewing process. A long pause followed each question, and he appeared to put much effort into thinking about what was being asked of him. By the third meeting, he was more relaxed and asked many of his own questions about his learning disability and past diagnoses. Andrew’s case description illustrates several DSM-defined symptoms for AS. , finger flicking) (p. 84). Like Lorraine, these characteristics were more pronounced in childhood, according to parental report.

Although raised in an English-speaking bluecollar household, Salvador managed to teach himself three additional languages (Spanish, Italian, and French), with very little formal training. He reports having had no friends in high school (a trend that has continued through the present), because he could never find anyone with his level of enthusiasm for foreign languages and cultures. He acknowledged that he has never been interested in talking to people about anything but his own passion. He is fluent and proficient enough to teach others, and also teaches foreigners English as a second language.

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