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Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum


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

This helpful guide focusses on the specific difficulties that can arise for people on the autism spectrum who may also experience a 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 on the autism spectrum 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.

1. Diagnosis.
2. Anxiety Disorders.
3. Depression.
4. Self-harm.
5. Suicidal thoughts.
6. Psychosis.
7. Communication
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.

Finally, a much needed contribution to the literature on autism and mental health. Incredibly readable, this is a self-help book for adults across the spectrum to understand, manage and improve their mental health. A practical resource, dense with information and strategies, it covers many aspects of mental health, all of which are woven into the rich tapestry of the authors personal experience. The stories shared give this book another dimension by providing valuable insights into supporting those with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), making it an essential companion for families, friends and mental health professionals.

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