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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 chart to keep track of a child's ADHD symptoms.

Book Excerpt from the ADHD e-BOOK

© Martin L Kutscher, MD.
May copy for patient use.

Child's Name:
Please rate the severity of each problem listed.
(0)none (1)slight (2)moderate (3)major
Your Name:
Subject (if teacher):
Please add comments below!
Symptom DescriptionDay 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7
Trouble attending to work that child understands well       
Trouble attending to work that child understands poorly       
Impulsive (trouble waiting turn, blurts out answers)       
Hyperactive (fidgity, trouble staying seated)       
Homework not handed in       
Inconsistent work and effort       
Poor sense of time       
Does not seem to talk through problems       
Easily overwhelmed       
Blows up easily       
Trouble switching activities       
Hyper-focused at times       
Poor handwriting       
Certain academic tasks seem difficult (specifiy)       
Seems deliberately spiteful, cruel or annoying       
Anxious, edgy, stressed or painfully worried       
Obsessive thoughts or fears; perseverative rituals       
Irritated for hours or days on end (not just frequent, brief blow-ups)       
Depressed, sad, or unhappy       
Extensive mood swings       
Tics: repetitive movements or noises       
Poor eye contact       
Does not catch on to social cues       
Limited range of interests and interactions       
Unusual sensitivity to sounds, touch, textures, movement or taste       
Coordination difficulties       
Other (specify)       

If the child is on medication, please answer the following questions:

  1. Can you tell when the child is on medication or not?
  2. Does the medication work consistently throughout the day?
  3. Does the child appear to be on too much or too little medication?
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