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Trauma, Stigma, and Autism

Trauma, Stigma, and Autism

Gordon Gates



This book presents ground-breaking ideas based on current research on how stigma can cause bodily felt trauma in stigmatised or marginalised people, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Gordon Gates draws on his academic research, professional knowledge as a counsellor, and lived experience with Asperger's syndrome to provide a unique framework for combating the psychological and emotional impact of stigma.

Explaining how to develop resilience and essential coping mechanisms to manage distress and improve mental health, this book casts new light on the significance of stigma in mental health, and marks a new way forward for anyone who has been made to feel like an "outsider".

Gordon Gates is a crisis counsellor based in Ontario, Canada. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome aged 44, and holds a MA in Philosophy and a Master of Social Work.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Trauma, Stigma, and Autism: Developing Resilience and Loosening the Grip of Shame by Gordon Gates 2
Acknowledgments 9
Part A: Stigma, Autism, and Invalidation 11
1. Trauma and Autisticy 13
2. Research and the Otherness of ASHFA 36
Part B: Diagnosis, Diversity, and Autisticy 51
3. Autism, Otherness, and Invisibility 53
4. Intersecting Traumas of Difference 65
Part C: The Impact of Stigma and Trauma Recovery 109
5. Stigma Resilience 111
6. Stigma Cloaking 118
7. Stigma, Autism, and Professional Helpers 133
8. Trauma, Anxiety, Self-Care, and Recovery 141
9. AFTER Care: Strategies for Moving Forward 152
10. Self-Recovery and Emotional Reimagining 169
Part D: Critical Autism 177
11. Sociophenomenal Diversity, Intuition, and the Politics of Interaction 179
12. Autism, Authentic Expression, and Support 190
References 210
Subject Index 219
Author Index 222
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