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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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Psychotherapy

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A Quick Look At Psychotherapy Written by Yaz 2884
PCL-R (Psychopathy Checklist Revised) Test: What's Wrong with Psychological Tests Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 9979
Critique and Defense of Psychoanalysis Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 11039
The Revolution of Psychoanalysis Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 8839
In Defense of Psychoanalysis - Introduction Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 5622
Who's Who In The Mental Health Service: GPS, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, CPNS And Allied Therapist Written by Karen Hastings Edinburgh 11040
Psychological Tests and Structured Interviews Written by Sam Vaknin,PhD 14837
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? Written by Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital 8784
Making The Most of Psychological Consultation Written by Kathy J. Marshack, PhD 7331
Why Try Psychotherapy? Written by Keith Sonnanburg, PhD 4875
Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 8013
Technological Treatment for Bipolar and Depression Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 6615
Psychotherapy: How it Works and How it Can Help Written by Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 4858
About Traditional Medical and Psychotherapies Written by Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration 4136
The Analyst's Role in the Disruption and Repair Sequence in Psychoanalysis Written by Steven A. Frankel, MD 7607
Interpersonal Strategies Used in Resolving Analytic Disjunctions Written by Steven A. Frankel, MD 6164
How Therapy Works Written by California Department of Mental Health 6689
The Basics of Eating Disorder Psychotherapy: How it Works Written by Joanna Poppink, LMFT 5680
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: What it Is and What it Isn 't Written by Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. 19280

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