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Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

by Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall and Jane Nugent Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
03/2016
ISBN:
9781849056700
Format:
Pbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$34.99 NZ$36.51
Product Status: In Stock Now
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A self-help resource with practical strategies to support the mental wellbeing of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mental illness.


 


Filled with strategies and advice, this empowering guide presents practical ways to improve the mental wellbeing of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


 


This helpful guide focuses on the specific difficulties that can arise when you have ASD and comorbid mental illness. The book includes information on common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, as well as strategies for improving sleep patterns and mindfulness. Providing guidance on the benefits and drawbacks of therapy pets, medication, and psychotherapy, the authors offer balanced perspectives on treatment options and introduce self-help strategies tailored to meet your needs and improve your mental wellbeing. A number of short personal narratives from people who have ASD and mental health issues illustrate the text.


 


The book also includes a list of resources, books and organisations that can provide further support and inspiration.


 


Market: People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people with ASD who also have a comorbid mental illness, family members of individuals with ASD and clinicians and other professionals who work with people who have ASD.


 


 

Introduction.


1. Diagnosis.


2. Anxiety Disorders.


3. Depression.


4. Self-harm.


5. Suicidal thoughts.


6. Psychosis.


7. Communication


problems.


8. Stigma and discrimination.


9. Family incidence of autism and mental illness. 10. Strategies to aid sleep.


11. The value of pets.


12. Mindfulness.


13. Psychotherapy.


14. Medication.


15. Crisis measures.


16. Self-esteem and self-confidence.


17. Resilience.


18. Summary of strategies to maintain mental health.


19. Resources.

Jeanette Purkis has a lived experience of autism and mental illness and is also the author of two books looking at aspects of autism. She holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts from RMIT University and works full-time in the Australian Public Service. Jeanette lives in Canberra, Australia.


 


Dr Emma Goodall has Asperger's syndrome and has had professional experience of mental health services. She has a PhD in the area of education and the autism spectrum and is the author of a text book for teaching AS children. Emma is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR), as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) of Australia and New Zealand.


 


Dr Jane Nugent is a Psychiatric Career Medical Officer with General Practitioner training. She has a special interest in mental health and a passion for psychopharmacology. She has a talent for taking highly technical information and making it accessible to non-specialists. Jane has been involved in pharmacology teaching for a variety of New Zealand and Australian institutions since 1997.