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Geneticists May Know Why Autism Is More Common In Boys

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It has long been known by every scientist and autism specialist that autism strikes boys more often than girls. In fact, boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. But when girls do get autism, they tend to be at the more severely affected end of the spectrum. What has never been clear is why. But now, a group of geneticists thinks they may have figured that ...

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Getting The Most Out Of Women’s Group Therapy Sessions

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GrouptherapyWhen a tragedy occurs or we encounter difficult periods in our lives, the healthy thing to do is to seek professional help from a qualified mental health therapist. Having a professional to talk to who can help us work out our issues will help us heal and become stronger people. In addition, many people benefit from supplemental group therapy as well. Knowing you have a support system of people who have ...

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Three Scary Facts

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Reflected_sadnessThis week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the goal of which is to bring awareness to the physical and psychological toll eating disorders take on those who are affected. Despite the formation of groups like the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association), there are still many misconceptions about these diseases. For example, some people think only painfully thin or morbidly obese people suffer from them. Additionally, many don’t understand that eating disorders ...

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Coping With Social Anxiety Disorder

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Many people get nervous or feel self-conscious now and then, especially before giving a speech, attending a job interview or meeting their significant other’s friends and family. But social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, involves intense fear of certain social situations—especially situations that are unfamiliar or in which you think you’ll be watched and judged by others. But even those with severe social anxiety disorder can learn to overcome it and be comfortable in social situations.

But is it just ...

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Ten Ways To Beat Low Self-Esteem And Love Yourself

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797px-Depression-loss_of_loved_oneAre you reluctant to take on new challenges, prone to social withdrawal and anxiety, and guilty of self-neglect? Do you have a lack of social skills, a lack of self-confidence and a habit of accentuating your negative qualities? Are you incapable in accepting others’ compliments or praises? These are all symptoms of chronic low self-esteem. And while low self-esteem itself may not seem like a mental disorder, the fact is, it can ...

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How To Help Someone With Depression

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Many people experience depression at some point in their lifetime. No matter what the reason or situation, depression is a very tough thing to experience. If you’re watching a loved one go through it, you may feel powerless—but there are things you can do to help.

First, offer your support without criticism, tough love or judgment. Offering to lend an ear and be there is a good thing—saying things like, “I don’t know what you have to be sad ...

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Mental Health And The Heart

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February is American Heart Month, a time set aside to raise awareness of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men, so it’s very important to be aware of how to take care our hearts. And while most people think of physical ways to care for their heart—proper diet, exercise, and getting enough rest—the fact is, your mental health can play ...

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Understanding The Stages Of Eating Disorder Recovery

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Recovery from an eating disorder is a long process that requires professional help from a mental health therapist or perhaps even a team of professionals. It’s not uncommon for the recovering person to feel uncertain about their progress, and sometimes it takes more than one attempt to stop the disordered behaviors.

Friends and family who were initially supportive can sometimes grow frustrated, unintentionally hurting the progress of recovery. It is important for ...

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Lesser Known Signs of ADHD

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a common condition that affects both children and adults. Most people have heard of ADHD and its common symptoms: inability to focus, being easily distracted and having difficulty finishing tasks. These symptoms can be treated with regular visits to your Dallas therapist, behavioral modification and medication, if needed. But there are also some lesser known symptoms that people may not be aware ...

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Five Common Triggers Of Bipolar Disorder Mood Swings

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Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_002Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that is characterized by its mood swings. A person with bipolar disorder will experience alternating “highs” (periods of mania) and “lows” (periods of depression). The highs and lows can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks or even months, depending on the person and the situation. While there is no cure, the best way to treat bipolar disorder is usually a combination of ...

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Autistic Brains Are Active, Even At Rest

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The results of a new study have shown that brain activity among autistic children is significantly more active while at rest than that of non-autistic children—on average, 42%. The study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, was a followup to a previous finding that brain connections are different in autistic children. The results showed that autistic children’s brains generate much more information than those of non-autistic children.

The researchers believe this finding offers a scientific explanation for the ...

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Invisible Risk Factors May Lead To Teen Mental Illness

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1In order for teenagers to be their healthiest physically and most alert, it’s important to encourage things like a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, getting plenty of exercise and limiting exposure to media use. And now, a new European study has found that adolescents with high media use, reduced sleep and low levels of physical activity make up an “invisible risk group” with a high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms.

Researchers queried a group ...

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