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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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Sadness

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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Parenting

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A Problem with Today's Parenting Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 1537
How to Stop Aggressive Behavior in Young Children Written by Dr. Joan Simeo Munson 7414
Road to Mariah Written by Kay Kopit 8045
Rudeness and Disrespect: How Kids Try to "Defuse" It Written by James Lehman, MSW 5493
My Child's Behavior Is So Bad, Where Do I Begin? Written by Carole Banks, MSW 3379
Why Your Child or Teen Steals Written by Anthony Kane, MD 4393
Getting Your Teenager Out of Bed Written by Anthony Kane, MD 3266
4 Tips to Combat Parental Burnout Written by Erin Schlicher 2939
Sassy Kids: How to Deal with a Mouthy Child Written by James Lehman, MSW 5556
Setting Limits with Difficult Kids: How to Get Them to Listen Written by James Lehman, MSW 8242
Child Outbursts: Why Kids Blame, Make Excuses and Fight When You Challenge Their Behavior Written by James Lehman, MSW 4375
No Means No: How to Teach Your Child That You Mean Business Written by James Lehman, MSW 5519
Child Anger as a Weapon: When Your Child “Points the Gun” at You Written by James Lehman, MSW 7175
Does Your Child Give You the Silent Treatment? 6 Rules for Getting Kids to Talk Written by James Lehman, MSW 9088
From "Problem Child" to Child Behavioral Therapist: James Lehman's Personal Transformation Written by Elisabeth Wilkins 6706
5 Parenting Rules That Don't Work Written by James Lehman, MSW 7362
Controlling Your Child's Anger: The Pen Technique Written by Anthony Kane, MD 10825
How to Discipline Your Child Written by Anthony Kane, MD 9645
Young Kids Acting Out in School: The Top 3 Issues Parents Worry about Most Written by Dr. Joan Simeo Munson 12049
Don’t Let The Fear of Screwing Up Your Kids Screw You Up As A Parent Written by {ga=mhmilch} 4779
Narcissistic Mothers and Their Children Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 22743
How Kids Control You With Their Behavior Written by James Lehman, MSW 9582
The Difference Between Irresponsible And Responsible Exercises Of Parental Authority Written by Mitchell Milch 5939
Are You at War with a Defiant Child? Written by James Lehman, MSW 6336
"I'll Do It Later!" 6 Ways to Get Kids to Do Chores Now Written by James Lehman, MSW 8222

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