The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum

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Jeanette Purkis, Emma Goodall, Jane Nugent Australian author

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum
272 pages
2016
ISBN: 9781849056700

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 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.

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and 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 will find this a valuable resource.

Table of Contents

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.