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Autism

Comparison of Males and Females with ASD: Gender Differences in People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

What are the differences and similarities in how boys and girls experience autism? Research suggests that the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, namely difficulties in social skills, difficulties in communication skills, and restrictive or repetitive behaviors, may look different based on the gender of the person with autism. Males Diagnosed with ASD More Often Than Females Autism is diagnosed...

Autism

Levels of Autism: Understanding the Different Types of ASD

Over the years, autism has been defined in different ways within the medical and behavioral health community. DSM - Diagnosing Autism Specifically, the DSM (diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders), the leading source for diagnosing various mental or behavioral disorders in the United States, has changed the criteria or requirements for obtaining a diagnosis of autism (or...

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13 Ways to Support a Domestic Violence Victim

Margaret was a respected physician in her community with a successful practice, numerous accolades for her work, and patients who loved her empathetic demeanor. Yet, despite her accomplishments, she had a personal secret that she covered up under her clothing, her bruises. It wasn't too long after the wedding that her husband began hitting her....

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5 Dangerous Love Attractions

Three divorces later, Susan finally discovered that she kept marrying the same type of abusive person over and over.In the middle of an argument, Brian yelled and accidentally called his new girlfriend, "Mom."  Naturally, she ended the relationship.Steve, who was shy, conservative, and introverted his whole life, married a flamboyant salesperson.Why is there a strong...



Autism

Understanding Autism: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Whether you are a parent of a child with autism, a teacher who educates a child with autism, a therapist providing intervention to an individual with autism, an individual who has a diagnosis of autism, or anyone else who is interested in helping people with autism spectrum disorder, understanding autism is one of the most important...

Abuse

Lies Victims Tell Themselves When in an Abusive/Narcissistic Relationship

Victims of abuse stay in abusive relationships because their minds have convinced them of many justifiable reasons; these include:Fantasy thinking. This occurs when victims of abuse live in an altered reality, believing that they are in a loving relationship as they tell themselves that their loved one “has problems,” “doesn’t mean what he/she says,”...

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The Paranoid Narcissist: An Amalgamation of Frustration

She was impossible to console. Larry tried to reassure her that the stove was not on when they left the house. But his wife refused his reassurance. She accused him of lying and then turning on the stove before they left so the house would burn down by the time they returned. Larry tried to...

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8 Lessons from Living with Dyslexia

It wasn’t unusual for my mother to receive a note from one of my teachers when I was a child. The notes were filled with comments about me talking too much, interrupting the class, causing a disruption, not doing my homework/classwork, or picking on another kid. So, in 3rd grade, when my teacher handed me...

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10 Types of Friends to Avoid

The friendship starts off great. A casual encounter sparks a conversation that turns into coffee, cocktails, and then double date. There is a natural connection with mutual likes, acquaintances, and even occupations. Yet, something is off. All logic dictates that this should be the start of a beautiful friendship so what is the problem? Sometimes...



Carlat Psychiatry Report

Neurobiology Concepts for Psychiatrists: Q&A with David M. Kaufman, MD

TCPR: I think that a lot of psychiatrists, myself included, could use a refresher course on Parkinson disease and how to distinguish its symptoms from those induced by antipsychotics (parkinsonism). What exactly is parkinsonism?Dr. Kaufman: Parkinsonism is a clinical syndrome comprised primarily of rigidity, tremor, and bradykinesia (slowed movements). The most common...

ABA

Top 10 Reasons Children with Autism Deserve ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Applied behavior analysis is an evidence-based practice for children with autism spectrum disorder. It is also found helpful for a wide range of other populations and areas of need including education, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, health, fitness, organizational behavior management, animal training, and much more.In an article published by the National Institute of Health, Walsh (2011)...

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Establishing Praise as a Reinforcer In ABA

Some kids don't seem to respond to praise as well as other kids do. Kids with ASD May Not Respond to Praise Children with autism spectrum disorder, specifically, are often thought to respond differently to and learn differently from social cues. This includes when praise is given. Kids with Trauma Experiences May Not Respond to Praise Another population to consider...