The diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome(AS) has been revised in the DSM-V(2013) to represents a new, more accurate medically and scientifically useful way of diagnosing individuals with autism-related disorders. Asperger’s Syndrome has been re-classified in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, more specifically on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum, however, the term Asperger’s Syndrome is still widely used. Individual with Asperger’s Syndrome or as they called themselves “Aspies”, typically, have social difficulties, poor communication skills, restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour and a narrow field of interest.
Compassion-Focused Therapy (Compassionate Mind Training) promotes inner experiences of understanding, safety, warmth and comfort which in turn will reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that we can learn to be kinder to ourselves and to replace the harsh inner critic with a compassionate voice to ease difficult emotions, to build inner resources, strengths and motivation. It has been found that people who rate higher in self-compassion experiences more positive emotions, more well-being, more confidence, while having a better quality of life and more satisfying relationships.
A few years ago “Mindfulness” was mostly unknown or called “alternative” but there has been extensive research in neuroscience which increasingly is showing that mindfulness practices helps us to be more calm, resilient, to enjoy, to have positive relationships at home but also in the workplace becoming more productive, reducing medical cost and overall improving the quality of our life.