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 Q. Who in Columbus can diagnose adults with Asperger's? Is it usually a physician or a specially-trained counselor that makes the definitive diagnosis?  Thank you.

A. I have met and interviewed Beth Rosner, PH.D who is a Psychologist specializing in diagnosing Ausbergers. She is in Westerville at 614-383-9987. Asbergers is known as a "spectrum disorder, " meaning there are many varied degrees on the spectrum of Autism, and this is often on the borderline. However, there have been advances in this area where experts have developed specific test instruments that aid in the diagnosis of Ausbergers Disorder. Steven Johnston, Director of Counseling (MA, PCC-S)

Q. We have a daughter who seems to be abusing alcohol. She is in her forties, married, with 2 small children. She walked the aisle to get saved at 5 and has been involved with a church most of the years since. She lives with a lot of financial stress. Her grandparents were both alcoholics. We are deeply concerned and are praying faithfully. Her husband seems to be in denial. Her sister-in-law lives in the same town and has observed it on many occasions. What is your advice as to how to approach her, if at all?

A. Technically, Abuse of Alcohol is not necessarily Alcohol Dependence which is a more serious addiction. Although Alcohol Abuse may cause fallout (i.e. DUI's, relational, occupational, or health issues etc.), The person may still be shy of developing a more severe dependence. Although it is still a moral problem, the ease that our culture accepts this is commonly known as "social drinking, clubbing," .etc.

Often for a person to remain in denial about this problem, there need only be others who minimize or themselves deny the problem's seriousness. Sometimes, no one wants to confront the "white elephant in the living room" because it's easier to not talk, not feel, and not trust that the truth about the problem can be faced. Usually, until the person is ready to face the truth about their problems, they won't get help. Groups such as Al-Anon help family members learn how to change how they respond to a loved one's drinking, since we can't force change on another.

Because we can't take responsibility for someone else's problem, it's important to find serenity while at the same time detaching from trying to rescue or taking responsibility for the person. A trained alcohol and drug counselor may want to help the family of the out-of-control drinker by staging an intervention. This approach has gained attention through a television show by the same name. It usually involves all of the concerned family members preparing to take a stronger stand by giving an ultimatum. This can't be taken back once it is used to force a decision, so it's important to have in place the alternatives: to either get help (usually prearranged rehab care) or family expulsion as seen as distancing for those who have found it too painful to ignore any longer. Steven Johnston, Director of Counseling (MA, PCC-S)
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