Group cognitive behaviour therapy for adults with Asperger syndrome and anxiety or mood disorder: a case series

Clin Psychol Psychother. Sep-Oct 2010;17(5):438-46. doi: 10.1002/cpp.694.


Individuals with Asperger syndrome are at increased risk for mental health problems compared with the general population, especially with regard to mood and anxiety disorders. Generic mental health services are often ill-equipped to offer psychotherapeutic treatments to this population, and specialized supports are difficult to find. This case series used a manualized cognitive behaviour therapy group programme (Mind Over Mood) with three adults diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, who were each unable to access psychotherapy through mainstream mental health services. This review highlights the benefits of a cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) group approach for adults with Asperger syndrome and suggests some potential modifications to traditional CBT provision.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy
  • Asperger Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Asperger Syndrome / psychology
  • Asperger Syndrome / therapy*
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / therapy*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome