The ESSENCE of Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Conditions

The ESSENCE of Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Conditions

Rethinking Co-Morbidities, Assessment, and Intervention

Christopher Gillberg


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ESSENCE (Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations) refers to the group of neurodevelopmental disorders including autism, ADHD and tic disorders as well as conditions gaining increasing awareness such as ARFID, PANS and PANDAS.

Professor of child psychiatry Christopher Gillberg describes the lifetime prognosis of ESSENCE, examining the common co-occurrence between these conditions and the symptoms they present.

Whilst diagnoses are often treated in isolation, Gillberg presents these issues as an overall condition, and advises treatment and support based on a holistic approach. This book also demonstrates the need for holistic whole-person interventions and assessments to improve outcomes for people within this group.


Christopher Gillberg:
Christopher Gilberg is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, and is also a Chief Physician at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital. He has over 45 years of extensive clinical work in treatment of patients and families with complex psychiatric/neurodevelopmental problems, and has published more than 700 scientific papers and many books in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders. He is also Visiting or Honorary Professor at the Universities of London, University College London, University of Glasgow, University of Edinburgh, the Pasteur Institute, and Kochi University, Japan.