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Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life.
by Liane Holliday Willey

She also wrote "Pretending to be normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome".

Foreword to the book from Prof. Attwood below...

Girls and women who have Asperger’s syndrome
Foreword for Safety Skills for Asperger Women by Liane Holliday Willey.
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Hi Lara,

The foreward is fascinating.

A very interesting topic.
Sounds like a very helpful book.

I have seen cases where clinicians have made diagnoses of borderline personality disorder in adult women, when I have been more convinced some of these adult women have been challenged with some degree of Asperger's Syndrome. Their psychosocial histories and present day challenges seem to strongly support previously unrecognized Asperger's Syndrome.

I may be reading, and sharing, this book sooner than later.

Thanks so much for sharing this book with us!


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Well, this book is more of a personal journey than a technical volume and yes, people on autism spectrum get diagnosed with all manner of things that are neither correct nor helpful, and in fact often very harmful. Tell me about it. It's always been this way, but thankfully times are changing.
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DejaVu, I agree with you about BPD.

One of my closest adult woman friends was given that label (but not ASD) in her teens. She grew up in a, putting it mildly, completely dysfunctional family and used to self-injure (cut) though has not for many years.

I walked her through the DSM criteria for BPD, pointing out (in my opinion as a well-informed amateur) how subjective they are. She found that empowering .

Not one of the better DSM labels in my view.
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Hi Again, Laura -

Personal journeys are invaluable, in my humble opinion.
I know of a few women whom may find this book incredibly validating to their own experiences. I surely do hope so, as they have not been treated fairly by well-meaning, yet misinformed, therapists/psychologists/psychiatrists.

Yes, it's (past due) time for recognition and for change.

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Personal journeys are invaluable, in my humble opinion.I know of a few women whom may find this book incredibly validating to their own experiences.
That's great. That's why I posted it.
We found it good.

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