Adult Asperger Syndrome and the Utility of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Adult Asperger Syndrome and the Utility of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder that was first recognized in the United States in 1994 with the publication of DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 1994). As a relatively new concept to the United States, both within the professional community and public awareness, the diagnosis has most often applied to children, but there is a large cohort of affected adults who have never been diagnosed or properly treated. Many of these individuals are now seeking treatment for the symptoms of AS and/or comorbid mental health problems (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders). Clinicians are in need of practical and evidence-based interventions to address the problems presented by this growing patient population, but there are few such resources available. This article will present a framework for conceptualizing the mental health needs of adults with AS, using the evidence-based approaches found in the cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) literature to inform treatment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy Springer Journals

Adult Asperger Syndrome and the Utility of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Volume 41 (1) – Dec 28, 2010

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Public Health; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Personality and Social Psychology
ISSN
0022-0116
eISSN
1573-3564
DOI
10.1007/s10879-010-9159-8
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Abstract

Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder that was first recognized in the United States in 1994 with the publication of DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, 1994). As a relatively new concept to the United States, both within the professional community and public awareness, the diagnosis has most often applied to children, but there is a large cohort of affected adults who have never been diagnosed or properly treated. Many of these individuals are now seeking treatment for the symptoms of AS and/or comorbid mental health problems (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders). Clinicians are in need of practical and evidence-based interventions to address the problems presented by this growing patient population, but there are few such resources available. This article will present a framework for conceptualizing the mental health needs of adults with AS, using the evidence-based approaches found in the cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) literature to inform treatment.

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Journal of Contemporary PsychotherapySpringer Journals

Published: Dec 28, 2010

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