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  • Asperger's Syndrome in Adults
  • Working To Come To Terms with Asperger's
  • Sex and Depression - The Real Story
  • The Loss of Joy: Anhedonia
  • All About Schizophrenia
  • Depression: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Asperger Syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Pervasive Developmental Disorder) characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests. Those with Asperger Syndrome, or AS, may exhibit a lack of empathy for their peers, clumsiness, and atypical use of language, though none of these symptoms are required for a diagnosis.1

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The pain of coming to terms with having Asperger's is still very real for me right now. There is a tremendous sense of grief. Grief for all that I suffered through to try to be "normal" and grief for how short of "normal" I always have been. There is also great relief to know that I am not crazy and that not everything can be traced back to an abusive past in the sense that some of what I experience is not choice/emotional but neurons/physical. The greatest challenge I face right now is trying to figure out which is which. This is not easy.

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One of the most common side effects of a number of antidepressant medications is loss of sex drive. I could forgive our friends at fine companies such as Eli Lilly, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Pfizer if dry mouth, irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of appetite, sloth, and social phobia were the sole issues related to the medications I take on a daily basis. However, it is the sex thing I find most challenging.

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Anhedonia is the technical term for the inability to experience joy. When people are in the depths of depression, nothing touches them, not the most intensely pleasurable activities, not the most familiar comforts. They are emotionally frozen. In this state, people either have to get professional help or simply wait for weeks or months until the depression lifts by itself; nothing is going to make them feel better.

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Schizophrenia is a mental illness which affects one person in every hundred.

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Depression is perhaps the most common of all mental health problems, currently felt to affect one in every four adults to some degree. Depression is a problem with mood/feeling in which the mood is described as sad, feeling down in the dumps, being blue, or feeling low. While the depressed mood is present, evidence is also present which reflects the neurochemical or "brain chemistry" aspects of depression with the depressed individual experiencing poor concentration/attention, loss of energy, accelerated thought/worry, sleep/appetite disturbance, and other physical manifestations. When this diagnosis is present, the individual will exhibit at least five of the following symptoms during the depressive periods:

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A Quick Tip For Releasing Stress & Anxiety I think it's safe to say that these are some of most stressful times that people have endured in recent memory.

The economy... job stability... world unrest... the financial markets, all lend themselves to excellent news copy but do little to ease the mind of the average person trying their best to exist in an unsteady, unsure world.

The constant daily hammering of bad news raises the stress level of most people way beyond tolerance levels. However, stress is not new to our lives. Even before the present world situation, stress was the target of many medical and natural health studies. As a matter of fact, several medical journals reported that primary care physicians believed that 95% of all of the cases presented had a root cause in stress.

I am always surprised at people's typical response to stress. That is, most often they try to compensate for
unyielding stress by working harder and longer. In short, they do the very thing that has contributed most to their
stress levels.

Here is a short tip to help you manage stress levels.

First, recognize that all stress is internal stress. Regardless of the situation... regardless of the crisis you are facing... the truth is stress is actually caused by how you relate to the stimulus create by the event and not
the event itself. Change that, change those internal thoughts and you affect your stress level.

With this in mind you can see the importance of learning to refocus how you internalize stress and that automatically affects your stress level. Often people report that this is too difficult when the negative thoughts just keep repeating themselves over and over again. I agree. Until you have trained your mind to do so, shutting down unwanted thoughts can be a considerable challenge.

Another approach is to use some program or device to help with this process. A good choice would be a program that would, encourage and guide you to refocus your thoughts toward relaxation. Audio programs make an excellent choice for this. And the newer technology you find with the new audio programs makes them even more efficient.

These programs introduce various sounds at certain vibrational frequencies that help produce different levels
of brain activity. The results they produce can be very profound. And in a relative short period of time, your
thoughts begin to calm down and you begin to relax.

Most scientists, medical and natural health practitioners will tell you that you can accomplish so much more in a
relaxed state. You are open to more subconscious resources, more intuitive impressions, the thoughts and ideas of
others (the very basis of what is called, the "Master Mind"-the core of creativity).

Depending on the program, you might spend ten to twenty minutes listening to an audio program. However, the results are much more lasting. In addition to the beneficial mental and emotional results, reduced stress means more efficient bodily functions, a better metabolic response, and a more cheerful outlook on life, more optimistic, slower aging and the ability for your body to heal at a much quicker rate.

About the Author:

Mark S. Kearns, M.A., N.H.D.- . To learn more about audio programs that make relaxing and recharging the brain easy, visit . Nothing could be easier than to sit back with your headphones on and let these audio programs bring about a pleasing state of stress relief and provide an excellent resource for stress management. For more information visit .
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