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Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management 1st Edition

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The honest open approach to the difficultiesof Asperger syndrome is refreshing and there is a lot of good advice in this book that covers topics such as anxiety and relationships, employment, shame. Therapies that are available are covered in detail such as CBT and psychotherapy. -- Alex Lowery Speaks About Autism blog Dubin's (Asperger Syndrome and Bullying) valuable guide acknowledges the anxiety inherent in Asperger syndrome. The suggested therapies and tone of self-acceptance make it valuable for people with AS, as well as their loved ones and mental health professionals... Dubin discusses how anxiety affects relationships and employment and suggests such adaptive techniques as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychotherapy. -- Library Journal In this short but informative guide for adults with Asperger syndrome (AS), Nick Dubin draws from sources as varied as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, Judaism, Jungian psychology, and perhaps most intriguingly, his own experiences a a person with AS. Using these sources combined with his unique perspective, he teaches adults with AS specific strategies for dealing with their daily anxiety... Dubin writes in an easy-to-read conversational style, unafraid of using personal examples to illustrate his points. One could imagine that a book so based on personal experience would apply only to a small subset of individuals who have had the exact same set of experiences or a personality similar to the author. However, Dubin is careful to relate his thoughts and experiences to general concepts, and it is likely that his psychological training has given him a a broader perspective. With this combination of experience and training, he succeeds at providing the reader with supportive understanding without coddling... Dubin's book is not idealistic - he is careful to frequently discuss limits and issues widely shared by people with AS and the effects that these can have on the prevalence of anxiety in daily life. Ultimately, his message is one of encouragement and empowerment. -- Journal of Autism Developmental Disorder I think this is a very good book - I'm going to stick my neck out and say that I think it will still be seen as one of the best books on AS an anxiety in ten years time, despite the rapid progress in the field. -- Aspergers United Nick Dubin is still in his early 30s. But by the time he reaches 50, he may very well have written a book on every psychological byproduct of life lived in the behavioral minority. 'Asperger's and Anxiety' is another great contribution towards our understanding all that the autism spectrum presents us. -- Michael John Carley, Executive Director of The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and author of Asperger's From the Inside Out Nick Dubin is an excellent writer who wears his learning lightly. I highly recommend this book for all those touched by Asperger syndrome. -- Jenny Ravenhill, National Austistic Society Nick Dubin's latest book is a remarkable and keenly insightful work from a brilliant and emerging leader in the autism self-advocacy community. Dubin's astute, insider's comprehension of Asperger's, coupled with his deft ability to convey such in prose, hits every note with spot-on clarity. His perspectives on spirituality are especially valuable. -- William Stillman, author of Autism and the God Connection and Demystifying the Autistic Experience Nick Dubin has walked the walk growing to adulthood with Asperger's Syndrome. Now as a professional, he talks the talk in this landmark contribution. This is the first book to focus exclusively on Asperger's and anxiety. With keen intelligence, clarity, and insight, Nick applies evidence- based treatments and self-help strategies for individuals living with Asperger's. -- Robert A. Naseef, Ph.D., author of Special Children, Challenged Parents and co-editor of Voices from the Spectrum A remarkable and keenly insightful work from a brilliant and emerging leader in the autism self-advocacy community. -- William Stillman, author of Autism and the God Connection and Demystifying the Autistic Experience As with the last book, this invaluable resource is chock full of practical solutions for identifying, reckoning with, and resolving the many sources of anxiety plaguing people with Asperger Syndrome. As a stalwart, trusty guide, Nick brings us to greater understanding of ourselves and towards being a better human being. A must read for anyone with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism or persons supporting those on the autism spectrum. -- Stephen M. Shore, Professor of Special Education, Adelphi University and co-author of Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool with Asperger's Syndrome This is an incisively written presentation for people with Asperger syndrome (AS), their families and professionals, written by someone with AS. -- The Teacher

Book Description

Practical advice on how individuals with AS can manage their anxiety more effectively

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (March 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843108955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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256 of 258 people found the following review helpful By The Taminator VINE VOICE on March 4, 2009
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Oddly, I found out I had AS about the same time as the author-- 2004. The good news was that I wasn't an idiot, or a jerk, or cold-- my brain just works differently. The bad news was that it's a neurotypical world, and I'm just living in it. For most of my life, that means I've just been getting by having no idea what the problem was or how to help myself. It's hard to list all the disadvantages and frustrations that can result from AS, simply because there are so many. Multiple social failures and other issues can cause anxiety, depression and the dreaded meltdowns that I now know I've been having all my life.

As an adult, getting by has been hard. Getting a diagnosis was harder. Getting help has been next to impossible. Doctors I've spoken with range from those who don't even know what I'm talking about, to those who equate autistic with stupid and completely blow me off. I even get those who simply don't want to help me because as an adult my brain is "hard-wired," meaning that there is nothing they can do for me as an adult because my brain has already formed into what it is. Almost all services and books I've found seem to be geared toward children, whose brains are still forming and can be trained to cope with their condition and get along much better in a neurotypical world.

So you can imagine my excitement at the opportunity to read a book like this-- a self-help book written by an adult Aspie, for adult Aspies. I don't know how else to put it, but Dubin "speaks the language." When I'm reading, I feel as though I'm reading my own writing from another dimension, or the writing of a kindred spirit. While neurotypicals will certainly understand his writing, Aspies themselves will "feel" it.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
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Nick Dubin has, in addition to being an advocate for people with Asperger's, which is the spectrum partner to autism rightfully takes his place with the pantheon of autism experts, such as Dr. Travis Thompson and Dr. Tony Attwood.

This is a book that parents, educators and the medical community need. This is a book that I feel will break down barriers and remove obstacles to communication and acceptance.

Aspies have long been charged with communication issues. I think the neurotypical (NT) world has communication issues as well, as many Aspies can relate cases of being dismissed; tuned out and rebuffed by their NT counterparts. For Aspies with special interests and technical interests, just TRY to share your gems of wisdom with the average NT listener. I know people with AS who are quite skilled at computer repair; military strategies; have encyclopediac knowledge of certain subjects such as ornithology and have wonderful insights to share, but sadly lack an appreciative audience.

Nick Dubin, who has Asperger's writes of coping with formerly undefined differences in adult life and steps adults on the spectrum CAN take to manage stress and social interactions. A gifted writer, Nick Dubin's voice is the voice of clarity and reason and readers will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge AND self respect after reading this gem of a book.

Receiving a diagnosis of Asperger's in adult life is a life-altering adjustment and a lifetime adjustment adult Aspies make. As another reader on the US review boards stated, it is damned frustrating to be "blown off," that is casually dismissed by neurotypicals (NT) who don't have the patience or the desire to listen to a person on the spectrum try to clarify their position.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on March 8, 2009
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As a special educator as well as someone who while not formally diagnosed has more than a couple of symptoms of Aspberger's Syndrome myself this book was very interesting to me. The author, Nick Dubin, is a young man (31 at the time of publication) who was diagnosed with AS in his late twenties and is currently a doctoral candidate. He quite candidly describes his struggles with the cognitive differences and accompanying anxiety a person with Aspberger's often faces as well as providing some of the solutions he has found for coping with these differences. The book does a good job of offering some practical advice concerning dating, employment, meltdowns, finding a therapist if needed and letting go of the past. The most important message from the book is that Asperger's is a difference some people are born with and there are ways to sublimate the problems that often come with this neurological difference in a positive way without feelings of shame or worthlessness. Honesty, loyalty, great ability to focus on areas of interest, high intelligence and passion for things strongly believed in are qualities often found in individuals with Asperger's as well as the quirks that may make day to day life problematic. No two people with Asperger's are exactly alike but this book may be another guide to encourage and help Aspies navigate through life.
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A.P. on December 7, 2009
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I've just finished reading this, and though I don't write many reviews on Amazon, I feel a need to contrast all of the positive and glowing reviews on here with my own experience, which is summed up by a feeling of vague disappointment.

This book is mainly composed of brief reinterpretations of a few currently in vogue psychological theories, though the ideas and applications are not very thoroughly described, and the reader would be better served by going to the original sources.

Also, this book is very strongly based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and if you do not feel that is something that is very effective for you, then you will probably feel a lot of friction between yourself and the text. I myself have been through an infatuation with CBT, but I've come to realize that it just isn't effective for me, and I am afraid that the very strong emphasis that the author encourages the reader to place on 'rationality' and 'objectivity' can drive a person further from their emotional self, when the target readership is already prone to emotional trouble.

This review isn't meant to slam the author in any way, and as he's still relatively young I'm sure that more weighty and significant books could well be in his future. I just wouldn't encourage people to get their hopes up before reading this one.
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