BN.com Gift Guide

Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Response in the Autism Spectrum / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $14.02
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 64%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $14.02   
  • New (5) from $21.81   
  • Used (5) from $14.02   

Overview

Exposure Anxiety is an involuntary social-emotional self-protection response that is increasingly understood as a crippling condition affecting a high proportion of people on the autism spectrum. To many it is an invisible cage, leaving the person suffering from it aware, but buried alive in their own instinctive responses and isolation. This book describes the condition and its underlying physiological causes, and presents a range of approaches and strategies that can be used to combat it. Based on personal experience, the book demonstrates how people with autism can emerge from the stranglehold of Exposure Anxiety and develop their individuality.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100515
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 500,190
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - The Invisible Cage 9
1 The Mechanics 21
2 Relationship to Self 83
3 Relationship to Others 157
4 The Development of a Social Face 177
5 Environment 217
6 Ways Forward 283
Index 327
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Book For Autism In The Real World

    I recommend 'Exposure Anxiety' to anyone interested in honestly knowing how autism feels, and why. Donna doesn't blame, shame, or promise-- she writes about being. Being autistic and experiencing and discovering solutions that make our lives a bit more livable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    Essential reading on involuntary behaviours and anxiety

    Exposure Anxiety is not Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome. It's not Avoidant Personality Disorder. Its not Social Phobia or Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It's not Cycloid Psychoses. Yet it could easily be misassumed to be any of these things. It commonly occurs in a percentage of those with Autism yet many people with Autism, particularly at the more high functioning end of the Spectrum, don't have it. But what it is is a condition that involves a collective of mood, anxiety and compulsive disorders in one, resulting in involuntary avoidance, diversion and retaliation responses. More than this though, she demonstrates how Exposure Anxiety can also manifest in eating disorders, toiletting problems, severe learning, social and communication challenges and self injurious behaviours, imprisoning the personhood of those who suffer from it. The component of Exposure Anxiety relating to addiction to one's own chemistry is of great significance to treatment as is the possible implications of Dopamine malfunctions in setting off the addictions themselves. Donna gives a range of environmental strategies, in particular an 'Indirectly Confrontational Approach' that is strikingly different to current ABA approaches. Most of the approaches she suggests for Exposure Anxiety are environmental, from the many facets of 'an indirectly confrontational approach' to a plethora of self-calming strategies she outlines and also the importance of art, music and drama therapies and facilitated communication. Never overtly pro-medication nor militantly anti-medication, Donna makes a strong point of always dealing with what can be first managed without medication in order to reduce the risks of leaning on over medication. Here she points out ways the chemistry issues underpinning this severe impulse control disorder might be managed including particular dietary interventions such as the low Salicyalte diet, nutritional supplements that reduce anxiety, Bach Flower remedies to help manage acute stress of the condition itself and, if finally necessary, low doses of appropriate monitored medications. She does not easily support the use of medication but realistically recognises that it might hold some promise for those people severely effected by this disabling impulse control disorder which in itself, left untreated risks supressing gut and immune function and progressively compromising health and safety. Without help on the environmental and chemical front lines of this condition, those most severely effected by it can be trapped and voice-less in a position of being unable to do things 'as themselves', 'by themselves' or 'for themselves'. This is not a book by an expert. There are no experts on this previously never written about condition. The nature of the condition itself means that those with it are almost always unable to control their behaviour and communication and so are almost always functionally non-verbal or with dysfunctional verbal language. There are no experts in Exposure Anxiety but as an Autistic person with the condition Donna Williams tries to give us 'experts' a window into it. To ignore what she has to say on this perhaps important misunderstood ingredient effecting some of the most severely autistic and low functioning people on the Autistic Spectrum is to do a great diservice to the most voice-less of that community in looking the other way. Its well worth daring to look.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)