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A Guide to Mental Health Issues in Girls and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum


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Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Accessing a Diagnosis. 2. Misdiagnosis. 3. The Mental Health Act. 4. Social Relationships and Bullying. 5. Self-harm. 6. Anxiety and Depression. 7. Dissociative Disorders and Psychosis. 8. Eating Disorders. 9. The Impact of Mental Health Issues on Family and Siblings. 10. The Women and Girls' Own Stories. Useful Resources for Clinicians and Parents.

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The first book to look specifically at how mental health issues relate to girls and young women with autism, covering theory, research and tailored interventions for support

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Dr Judy Eaton is a clinical psychologist. She has assessed and worked with many girls with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with mental health issues in both in- and out-patient settings. She lives in Norfolk, UK.


This book provides an excellent synthesis of research, diagnostic frameworks and personal perspectives of girls and their families written in a very accessible style. I would recommend it to anyone working with or living with girls and young women on the autism spectrum. -- Ruth Fidler, Education Consultant, Autism Associates
The author shines a light on the less well-understood or more complex presentations of autism, including pathological demand avoidance, in this insightful, compassionate and practical book. Combining the latest research, years of direct clinical experience and detailed individual stories, this much-needed book will be invaluable for families and professionals. -- Trustees of the PDA Society
An excellent book by a knowledgeable author. It is easy to read and understand, and answered many of the questions I had about autism spectrum disorders. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about this topic. -- Dr Olumide Kuti, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, The Huntercombe Hospital Norwich

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