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The first study to directly compare social mentalizing in autism and schizotypal personality disorder confirms the prediction of the diametric model.
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American mental health professionals are often quite unfamiliar with aspects the ICD-10, despite its relevance to their work. Here is some basic information to help them.
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In the past decade, we’ve spent over a billion dollars studying autism. Yet precious little has changed for autistic people. An autistic adult asks why, and offers some advice.
By Sarah-Nicole Bostan, M.A. on October 03, 2017 in Greater than the Sum of its Parts
Recent research reveals how sex and age are linked to other disorders which tend to co-occur with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 25, 2018 in Minority Report
Why is this "Incel" Revolution growing in this day and age? Well, this is shaming at its core (sexual, social, recreational, and sometimes racial) which creates a perfect storm.
By Christopher Badcock Ph.D. on April 04, 2018 in The Imprinted Brain
If autism is the neurological basis of asceticism, its diametric opposite: hyper-mentalism, may have been combined with it to explain the astonishing success of monasteries.
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A new study finds that friendships among adults with disabilities are beneficial. Might that be true for young people, too?
By Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Laurie Berdahl, M.D. on October 27, 2017 in Warning Signs for Parents
Were there warning signs before Adam Lanza's rampage shooting? Yes, and we can change how we respond to save lives.
By Barb Cohen on October 16, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The television producer suggested that my daughter skip class the day of filming. She has too much to say and too little control over when she says it.
By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on October 04, 2017 in The Heart of Autism
Especially after marriage, a husband with Asperger's Syndrome might relax and be more himself. He will behave more like he does when he’s alone, which can mean being silent.
By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D., MPH, LMHC, ACS, NTP on August 27, 2017 in Rhythms of Recovery
Smoothie your way to a Super Mood.
By Elena Bezzubova on August 12, 2017 in The Search for Self
Loneliness seems a transient step to self identity that could include depersonalization-like feelings of detachment and autism/introversion-like feelings of isolation.
By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Individuals with autism may be impervious to misleading marketing. Mental differences are often considered weaknesses, but autism may not be entirely a disability.
By Ugo Uche on July 31, 2017 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"A meltdown can last in the upwards of fifteen minutes plus, and there is very little a parent can do to console their child. The promise of consequences doesn’t work".
By Ugo Uche on July 13, 2017 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
The ASD Teen, struggles with picking up on nonverbal cues, this is problematic in social situations especially with young people.
By Georgia Ede MD on June 30, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
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By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on June 29, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Don’t expect boys to “grow out of” their obsession with screens.
By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
There's a growing subculture of men who identify themselves as "incels" (i.e. involuntary celibates) and they are expressing their frustrations online.
By Ugo Uche on June 19, 2017 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
"We can say that all, if not most people diagnosed with ASD have remarkable issues with social interactions, however not all people on the spectrum end up with social anxiety."
By Ugo Uche on June 15, 2017 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
It is easy for parents of teens to forget that their once little children are now closer in transition to adulthood compared to years past.
By Barb Cohen on June 12, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Maybe x is the problem, maybe x is part of the problem, or maybe x is irrelevant to the problem. With regard to sewing machines, much like my children, I will never know.
By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on June 05, 2017 in The Heart of Autism
I’m currently working with a wonderful father who has Asperger’s, and he’s been doing a wonderful job navigation the co-parenting situation.
By Barb Cohen on May 29, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The strongest parents absorb the professionals' good advice, ignore the useless commentary, and treat themselves with compassion. But most of us are not among the strongest.
By Ugo Uche on May 15, 2017 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
One of the biggest challenges parents with teens on the Autism Spectrum face is teaching their teens how to develop emotional resiliency.
By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 28, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
They may wander toward a body of water, perhaps drawn to the calming effect, touching it and then wading into pools, ponds, or rivers. And some will never wade out.
By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
More recently viewers have seen a notable shift towards more accurate representations of mental illness. The controversial television series Girls on HBO leads the way.
By Barb Cohen on March 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Young children accept any playmate who is not hostile. It is the parents who usually communicate discomfort, caution or pity, and it is the parents who have the most to learn.
By Joe Kort, Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Understanding the Erotic Code
Loving a partner with Asperger’s can be both challenging and rewarding
By Robert N. McCauley Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not
Modern understanding of autistic spectrum disorders may shed light on the eccentric behavior of the Hindu saint, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 21, 2017 in Adoption Stories
Do you obsess about your child? Is it wearing you out?
By Barb Cohen on February 09, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
We have tried visual strategies; we have tried planning discussions; we have tried scripts' we have tried first/then; we have tried IEP goals; and we have tried threats.
By Barb Cohen on February 01, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Figuring out when asserting yourself reflects courage and when it reflects imprudence takes, for many of us, a lifetime.
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