This book presents ground-breaking ideas based on current research on how stigma can cause bodily felt trauma in stigmatised or marginalised people, particularly those on the autism spectrum. Gordon Gates draws on his academic research, professional knowledge as a counsellor, and lived experience with Asperger's syndrome to provide a unique framework for combating the psychological and emotional impact of stigma.
Explaining how to develop resilience and essential coping mechanisms to manage distress and improve mental health, this book casts new light on the significance of stigma in mental health, and marks a new way forward for anyone who has been made to feel like an "outsider".
This book presents a unique perspective of being autistic.
— Stephen W. Porges, PhD, Distinguished University Scientist, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Gates has written a notedly personal, compelling and insightful book. A must read for those wanting to further expand their knowledge of trauma, stigma and autism.
— Matthew F. Myatt, CCFP, MD, MPH, Chief of Emergency Department, Stevenson Memorial Hospital
About the Author:
Gordon Gates is a crisis counsellor based in Ontario, Canada. He was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome aged 44, and holds a MA in Philosophy and a Master of Social Work.