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By Valerie L. Gaus

An worthy source for therapists, this lucidly written e-book presents research-based recommendations for addressing the middle difficulties of Asperger syndrome (AS) and supporting consumers deal with usually encountered comorbidities, similar to nervousness issues and melancholy. exact case examples illustrate the complexities of AS and the demanding situations it offers in way of life, relationships, and the office. the writer provides a cogent intent for cognitive-behavioral intervention and provides transparent guidance for carrying out checks and designing and imposing individualized therapies. all through, the emphasis is on assisting individuals with AS lessen misery whereas protecting and construction on their particular strengths. exact positive factors contain a case formula worksheet and different useful reproducibles.

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Clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other domains of functioning. 4. Delays in development or abnormal functioning prior to age 3 in social interaction, social language, or symbolic/imaginative play. 4. No delay in general language development in childhood. 5. No delay in the development of cognitive ability, self-help skills, adaptive behavior, or curiosity about the environment in childhood. Psychotic Disorders Some of the symptoms and associated features of AS can be erroneously confused with psychosis.

This “bounce back” effect is not usually observed in persons experiencing a true psychotic episode. Other guidelines for differentiating among disorders are offered by DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) and Ghaziuddin (2005). Age of onset for AS is early childhood, but usually late adolescence or later for schizophrenia. Hallucinations and delusions are absent in AS. However, a careful interview is needed to differentiate delusions from the overvalued ideas and rich fantasy life that can be seen in AS, and also from the literal ways these patients interpret the interviewers’ questions (Chapter 3 covers this area in more detail).

Because he never complained, the family assumed he was content. At intake, Joe demonstrated flat affect, spoke in a monotone, and avoided eye contact. However, he articulately described feeling distraught about the incident, expressing shame and anger at himself for having handled the situation so poorly. He reported that he had felt very nervous by the change in building management companies, and this nervousness made him avoid writing the rent checks. When he began receiving the warning notices, he became so frightened that he did not know what to do and was afraid to tell his family about the problem.

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