Managing emotions can be especially difficult for adults with a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or autism. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, commonly called CBT, can be an effective means of coping with mental health issues, including difficult emotions such as depression, repetitive thoughts, or anxiety.
Many individuals with Asperger’s, autism or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) dread the idea of seeing a psychotherapist. The thought of analyzing past relationships, talking about early childhood experiences, and dwelling on emotions can seem dull, pointless or painful. They may imagine a therapy session as something like what Freud did, or Woody Allen on a couch and the therapist nodding and asking about dreams. Or, they picture a stereotyped TV therapist, asking “How did that make you feel?” over and over. With these images of therapy, it’s not surprising that many individuals may choose to live with their emotional pain, rather than see a therapist.
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