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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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Are you concerned that your attraction to another person has become unhealthy? Do you feel that you have become obsessed with your relationship? Are the feelings you experience around this person overwhelming?

Here are some common traits & characteristics of relationally dependent people that you can use to gauge your own situation. Because the dynamics of attachment styles are complex, these traits should not be considered as a complete list. Consider each one carefully and decide if this speaks to your situation of someone you care for.

  1. You become sexually involved with and/or emotionally attached to a person without taking the time to get to know them.
  2. You fear abandonment & loneliness, causing you stay in and return to painful, destructive and abusive relationships.
  3. You involve yourself in more than one relationship at a time, both emotionally & sexually.
  4. You confuse love with obsession, using controlling behaviors directed towards your partner(s) with the hope of keeping them from leaving you.
  5. You feel empty inside, even while in a relationship, causing you to search for new love interests.
  6. You spend money you don't have on a romantic interest, causing you to go into debt.
  7. You use sex & emotional involvement to manipulate and control others.
  8. You become preoccupied with a romantic interest and are unable to concentrate.
  9. You attach yourself to emotionally unavailable people and abusive partners.
  10. You compulsively search for new relationships - even if you currently in one.
  11. You obsess over, monitor and perhaps stalk an the object of your affection.
  12. You assign unrealistic qualities to those you are attracted to, believing they can bring you happiness and save you from your loneliness.

If you found yourself nodding your head "Yes" while reading these traits & characteristics and feel that they speaks to your situation, it may be time to dig a bit deeper, as you may be codependent or relationally addicted. Consider speaking with a mental health professional, such as an addictions counselor or psychologist. Being in love doesn't have to mean living in agony.

Copyright © By: John D. Moore, MS, CADC

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