Living with PTSD on the Autism Spectrum: Insightful Analysis with Practical Applications
by Lisa Morgan Author and Mary Donahue Author
The relationship between autism and PTSD has historically been neglected in research and understanding but impacts the lives of many. Autistic people are intrinsically vulnerable to traumatic social situations and relationships, which can later manifest as PTSD. Navigating situations where one feels entirely at odds can lead seemingly commonplace events to be processed as traumatic experiences. In this unique collaboration, Lisa Morgan and Mary Donahue explore PTSD in autistic adults as patient and practitioner. Lisa shares her personal experiences as an autistic adult, reflecting on emotionally traumatic events and their effect on her daily life. Mary examines the challenges surrounding diagnosis, reworking and developing communication and clarifying the symptoms of PTSD within the autistic population. Combining lived experience with professional expertise, this clear and accessible guide will provide a better understanding of autism and PTSD, providing support and direction to autistic adults processing trauma and those involved in their care. An examination of PTSD within the autistic population. Combining lived experience alongside professional expertise, the authors uncover the reasons why this co-morbidity is so prevalent and set out guidelines for the most effective methods of care for individuals undergoing treatment.
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