Adult Asperger: Assessment and Psychological Support
Asperger is one of the autism spectrum disorders. Adolescents and adults with Asperger often experience a number of problems: Appropriately recognising and communicating emotions, starting and maintaining friendships and relationships, finding and keeping a job, joining a network of colleagues and negotiating problems in the family.
The correct assessment and diagnosis of the condition is important, followed by psychological support and therapy.
Adult Asperger is a mental health condition that has received media attention, partially due to very successful TV shows such as "Big Bang Theory" and "Doc Martin". Both shows feature a character who is suspected of having Adult Asperger Syndrome. Adults with Asperger are often very intelligent and well educated. Furthermore, adolescents and adults affected by Asperger often have a high level of awareness of the condition and many have formed strong identities as "Aspies".
Yet, there is a view among mental health professionals that Asperger in general is over-diagnosed and the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) development group of the American Psychiatric Association has proposed that this disorder be subsumed into an existing category: Autistic Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Given that many people with Asperger strongly identify with the condition, there is currently a move to question the re-defintion of Asperger as part of DSM V.
Independent of the definition of the condition, many people with Asperger struggle in relationships and sometimes in the professional area as well. The inability to efficiently communicate emotional content (or to perceive emotions accurately) is too much of a challenge. In addition, partners struggle as well because of a lack of emotional awareness and sometimes a perceived lack of warmth in the relationship.
Melbourne Cognitive Psychology is specialising on Adolescent and Adult Asperger Syndrome
and is using the latest psychological techniques to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. The assessment process includes (1) an initial consultation, (2) several sessions for psychological testing, and (3) a summary session including a discussion of results and a report (if required).
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
has proven useful because it can help people with Asperger to perceive and communicate emotional content efficiently. Cognitive Therapy as well as elements from Psychodrama can teach individuals and couples better communication skills in a personal environment as well as professional life.
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