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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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Many pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs to provide prescription medicines free of charge to physicians whose patients might not otherwise have access to necessary medicines. Each company determines the eligibility criteria for its program. Eligibility criteria and application processes vary.

For information on available medications or the criteria or application process, your physician should contact the pharmaceutical company(ies). Following is a partial list of companies who are members of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) who offer patient assistance programs, along with the telephone numbers for these programs.

If you are unsure which pharmaceutical company makes the drug you are looking for, please contact your local pharmacy.

  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company (800) 332-2056
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica (800) 544-2987
  • Eli Lilly and Company (800) 545-6962
  • Parke-Davis (908) 725-1247
  • Pfizer Inc. (800) 646-4455
  • Pharmacia & Upjohn, Inc (800) 242-7014
  • GlaxoSmithKline (800) 546-0420
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc (800) 788-9277
  • Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (800) 424-3727

(Source of data: PhRMA 1998 Directory of Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs)

Other Assistance Programs

  • Lilly Answers (877) 795-4559 Provides flat-fee prescriptions to people with Medicare.
  • The Medicine Program (573) 996-7300 Assists people in applying to multiple patient assistance programs.
  • Pfizer for Living Sharecard (800) 717-6005 Provides flat-fee prescriptions to people with Medicare.
  • Interactive Web site by PhRMA and 48 of its member companies designed to help you find patient assistance programs.
  • Un sitio Web interactivo que PhRMA y sus 48 empresas miembras ponen a su disposición. Este sitio fue diseñado para ayudarle a buscar programas de asistencia a pacientes que reunan los requisitos de elegibilidad.

Please be aware that other, non-member pharmaceutical companies may also sponsor similar programs. To contact other companies, consult a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR), available at your physician's office and at many public libraries.

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