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Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is powerful and well written. It contains extremely valuable information, pertinent to those of us on the spectrum. Read morePublished 2 months ago by survivalinstyle
As someone with Asperger's Syndrome, I have struggled with anxiety and panic attacks. This book is very helpful in understanding the connection between Asperger's and anxiety. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is promising, but on the Kindle Voyage, the text shows up in a medium gray, no matter what fonts or sizes I try. Everything else is clean black-on-white. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fritz Anderson
Very interesting, factual, and even insightful for most of the book... Then it drifts from hard science into Buddhist beliefs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great insight into Asperger's as well as a valuable resource for anyone (neurotypical or otherwise) who is trying to deal with anxiety. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bridget B
Well written with a format that seems to draw you in and give you confidence in his words. I finally learned that CBT can work for me. I plan to re-read it at least one more time. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sanursart