GalleryASD non-fiction Ghaziuddin, Mohammed (2005) Mental Health Aspects of Autism and Asperger Syndrome
This is a psychiatric clinical textbook. Chapter 5, "Psychiatric Comorbidity: An Introduction", is especially useful for adolescents and adults who want to communicate effectively with mental health providers. Mental illness affects approximately one third of all adults at some point in the lifespan, and approximately two thirds of people with a diagnosis of autism. Many will be diagnosed first with a mental illness and subsequently with an autism spectrum disorder as a consequence of interaction with mental health services. Distinguishing between mental illness issues and autism can be hard, but is essential - the consequences of misidentification can lead to pointless (and potentially harmful) attempts to treat behaviours that are core autistic features and that do not respond to medication.