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Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues

Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues

Tony Attwood | Michelle Garnett | Colin Thompson


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For people with ASDs, depression is common, and has particular features and causes. This outstanding book provides a comprehensive review of these aspects, and an effective self-help guide for anyone with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affected by depression.

Written by the leading experts in the field, the book explains and describes depression, the forms it can take, and how it looks and feels for a person on the autism spectrum. The authors draw on the latest thinking and research to suggest strategies for coping with the effects of depression and provide a complete step-by-step CBT self-help programme, designed specifically for individuals with ASDs. The programme helps increase self-awareness, including identifying personal triggers, and provides the tools to combat depression.

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 Asperger's and those who support them.
Fred R Volkmar, M.D., Irving B. Harris Professor, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine

Tony Attwood, PhD, is a clinical psychologist from Brisbane, Australia, with over 30 years of experience with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He is currently adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland. He is the author of the best-selling Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, and the Exploring Feelings program manuals.

Michelle Garnett, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founder and Director of Minds & Hearts: A Specialist Clinic for Asperger's Syndrome and Autism. She has specialized in autism spectrum disorders for the past 20 years, and created the first screening instrument for Asperger's Syndrome, the Australian Scale for Asperger's Syndrome (ASAS) in 1993. Michelle has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues is a much needed resource, in light of how common depression is among teens and adults with autism spectrum disorder. Based in established cognitive-behavioral principles of change, this user-friendly book provides poignant first-person accounts and direct, informative psychoeducation. Although developed as a self-help guide for use with minimal support from a professional, it can also be used in group or individual treatment. I have no doubt this will be a valuable resource for people with ASD struggling with depression, and their loved ones.
Susan W. White, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, USA
This book is a critical resource for anyone with Asperger's Syndrome struggling with depression. It offers clear step-by-step exercises for strengthening self-awareness, positive energy, social relatedness, and pleasurable activities that can lessen despair and increase a sense of hope and value in life. This user-friendly self-help book is a must-have for teens and adults on the spectrum looking for evidence-based tools to help them lead happier lives.
Angela Scarpa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research
The authors have created an outstanding text which is simultaneously complete yet brief, scientific yet empathic, and based on well-established principles yet groundbreaking.
Martin L. Kutscher, MD., pediatric behavioral neurologist and author of ‘Kids in the Syndrome Mix’ and ‘Digital Kids’

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Exploring Depression and Beating the Blues - A CBT Self-Help Guide to Understanding and Coping with Depression in Asperger's Syndrome [ASD-Level 1] by Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett 3
Introduction - Exploring Depression and Asperger’s Syndrome 7
Part One - Understanding Depression and Its Relationship to Asperger’s Syndrome 9
Chapter 1 - Why Does Someone with Asperger’s Syndrome Become Depressed? 10
Chapter 2 - The Nature of Depression 18
Chapter 3 - How Does Depression Look and Feel for a Person with Asperger’s Syndrome? 22
Chapter 4 - What Type of Therapy Works for a Person with Asperger’s Syndrome? 28
Chapter 5 - The Perception, Learning and Thinking Styles Associated with Asperger’s Syndrome 36
Chapter 6 - Overview of the Exploring Depression Programme 48
Chapter 7 - Assessment Before Starting the Programme 52
Part Two - The Exploring Depression Programme 57
Stage 1 - Qualities and Abilities 58
Stage 2 - What Is Depression? 71
Stage 3 - Tools to Combat Depression 97
Stage 4 - Art and Pleasure Tools 109
Stage 5 - Thinking Tools (Part 1) 124
Stage 6 - Thinking Tools (Part 2) and Social Tools 144
Stage 7 - Thinking Tools (Part 3) and Relaxation Tools 166
Stage 8 - Relaxation and Helpful and Unhelpful Tools 183
Stage 9 - A Safety Plan 201
Stage 10 - The Future 219
Recommended Reading 241
Recommended Websites 242
Appendix I - Bringing the Body into Awareness 244
Appendix II - Positive Personality Adjectives 247
Appendix III - Bringing the Five Senses into Awareness 248
Appendix IV - Daily Energy Account Form 249
Appendix V - Progressive Muscle Relaxation 250
Appendix VI - Relaxation for Self-awareness 255
Appendix VII - Time Machine Activity 257
Appendix VIII - Mood Diary Dimensions 259
Glossary 260
Acknowledgements 262
Index 263