Ask the Counselor
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)
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.