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By Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall, Jane Nugent, Wenn B. Lawson, Kirsty Dempster-Rivett

Filled with recommendations and suggestion, this empowering advisor offers functional how one can enhance the psychological health of individuals at the Autism Spectrum.

this beneficial advisor focusses at the particular problems which can come up for individuals at the autism spectrum who can also adventure a psychological sickness. The ebook contains info on universal psychological health and wellbeing matters, corresponding to melancholy and anxiousness, in addition to techniques for bettering sleep styles and mindfulness. supplying tips at the advantages and disadvantages of remedy pets, drugs, and psychotherapy, the authors supply balanced views on therapies and introduce self-help recommendations adapted to fulfill your wishes and increase your psychological wellness. a couple of brief own narratives from humans at the autism spectrum and psychological healthiness concerns illustrate the text.

The booklet additionally encompasses a record of assets, books and agencies which can supply additional aid and inspiration.

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You may benefit from talking with other people with autism or other people with a similar mental health condition, or both. •Many autistic adults are self-diagnosed, and it is often the case that adult women with autism are self-diagnosed. This may be due to clinicians not understanding the particular qualities that women and girls with autism have, and it thus being difficult for them to acquire an official diagnosis. Unfortunately, even when a person’s self-diagnosis is accurate, doctors and other clinicians do not set much store by diagnoses that do not come from an official channel such as a GP or psychologist.

But it is now accepted that neuronal pathways are capable of plasticity, that is, neuronal networks can increase and decrease synaptic connections as required (Doidge 2007, 2015). This means that if the part of the brain that is damaged was the part used for a particular function, it is possible for a person to relearn that function by training a different part of their brain. The science behind this is still in its infancy, however, and as of yet there are no simple systems in place for people to, for example, train their brain to not be anxious or to interpret language literally.

It is also an honest account that does not shy away from the challenging realities of managing the complexities of living with both. The coverage of the role of medication is one of the most thorough analyses I have seen and leaves the reader highly informed of the pros and cons of the options available. The inclusion of real life experiences highlights the strategies that have worked well for people on the spectrum and, of course, those options that have not been helpful and in some cases harmful.

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