Introduction: Why we created the Exploring Depression Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programme. 1. Why Does Someone with Aspergers Syndrome Become Depressed? 2. The Nature of Depression. 3. How Does Depression Look and Feel for a Person with Aspergers Syndrome? 4. What Type of Therapy Works for a Person with Aspergers Syndrome? 5. The Perception, Learning and Thinking Style Associated with Aspergers Syndrome. 6. Overview of the 10-Stage CBT Programme Exploring Depression. 7. Assessment Before Starting the Programme. 8. Stage 1: Qualities and Abilities. 9. Stage 2: What is Depression? 10. Stage 3: Tools to Combat Depression. 11. Stage 4: Art and Pleasure Tools. 12. Stage 5: Thinking Tools (part 1). 13. Stage 6: Thinking Tools (part 2) and Social Tools. 14. Stage 7: Thinking Tools (part 3) and Relaxation Tools. 15. Stage 8: Relaxation and Helpful and Unhelpful Tools. 16. Stage 9: A Safety Plan. 17. Stage 10: The Future. Recommended reading. Appendix 1. Bringing the Body into Awareness. Appendix 2. Positive Personality Adjectives. Appendix 3. Bringing the Five Senses into Awareness. Appendix 4. Daily Energy Account Form. Appendix 5. Websites/Blogspots/Support Information. Appendix 6. Relaxation for Self-awareness. Appendix 7. Time Machine Activity. Appendix 8. Mood Diary Dimensions.
A marvellous book that focuses on an important (and underserved) clinical problem. Full of practical advice the book offers many insights and approaches to intervention. It will be of great value to individuals with autism and Aspergers and those who support them.