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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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Recovery

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Recovery is Possible from Adverse Childhood Experiences Written by James P. Krehbiel 7525
The Art of Visualization Written by Kay Kopit 5828
Addiction to Distractions Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 5319
Addiction to Spending Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 4411
Peer Support Written by Timothy Coen 1380
Traumas as Social Interactions Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 9922
Warning Signs of a Possible Relapse Written by Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 32136
Relaxation Techniques Written by Sage Mehew 8716
7 Journaling Tips Written by Doreene Clement 8161
Setting Goals for Recovery Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 9014
Getting the Treatment You Need Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 5489
About Support Groups and Chapters Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 4860
Finding Mental Health Services - Where to Go for Help Written by Center for Mental Health Services 7547
Solving The Puzzle: Finding Help Written by Laura Russell, PhD 7254
Finding Help for Mental Health Written by California Department of Mental Health 7818
The A-C-T Formula for Change: Acknowledge, Choose and Track Written by Michael E. Angier 6690
Seeking Help from a Psychologist - Where to Start Written by Craig Elliott 5574
How to Choose a Competent Therapist Written by Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW 6048
Success, Elbow Grease And A Little Luck Written by Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW 5404
The Willingness to Heal Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 6767
Two Choices That can Make Next Year The Best Year of Your Life Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 5133
Who's Responsible for My Feelings? Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 9354
Accessing Your Spiritual Guidance Written by Margaret Paul, PhD 5751
Starting a Self-Help Group Written by Richard O'Connor, PhD 6347
Incremental Disclosure: Talking About Your Mental Illness Written by Sean Bennick 12126

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