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Study: Potential Link Between Autism and ADHD

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Results of a new study performed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute indicate that almost 30 percent of young children with autism also show signs of ADHD. This rate is three times as high as the rate of ADHD is in the general population. Since previous studies have shown that autism may share genetic links with ADHD as well as bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia, this most recent bit of information is certainly helpful as we work ...

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The Autism Spectrum And Pervasive Development Disorders

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The autism spectrum includes a range of conditions classified as Pervasive Development Disorders, or PDDs. There is usually some confusion between a diagnosis of autism and a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. There is no clear biomarker or genetic test to determine the difference between the two, so doctors must rely on other clues.

Asperger syndrome was first described by Hans Asperger, a pediatrician, in the 1940’s. For a long time, it was simply referred to as “high functioning autism.” Since then, ...

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Signs Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children

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About one in 200 children suffers from some kind of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a personality disorder. All children have worries and concerns, but children with OCD can’t stop their obsessive thoughts from happening. Here are a few signs that your child’s behavior may be cause for concern:

  • Excessive fear of dirt, germs or illness
  • Unreasonable attention to detail
  • Need for symmetry and order
  • Fear that something bad ...
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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

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People who live with bipolar disorder face many challenges, one of which is the temptation to use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate. It is estimated that 60% of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder struggle with substance abuse. People who experience mixed states of rapid cycling have the highest rate of danger.

Substance abuse compounds the problems of people with bipolar disorder. Alcohol and drugs can interfere with prescribed medication, causing them to recover more slowly from mood swings, get fewer benefits ...

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Recovery From A Traumatic Brain Injury

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The recovery process from a traumatic brain injury requires patience, dedication and both physical and mental treatments. Since every case is different, every survivor’s treatment and recovery time will vary greatly. However, the sooner the process begins, the faster the injured person can return to their normal life or adjust to whatever their new normal may be.

In addition to the physical symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, the survivor may feel confused, angry, depressed and anxious. Inappropriate behavior and substance ...

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College Students With Mental Illness More Likely To Drop Out

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According to a recent study from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a staggering 64% of college students with mental health issues will end up dropping out of school. The majority of these teens struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse and addiction. The students drop out because of pressure, lack of motivation, and poor grade point averages leading to a loss in financial aid.

There are many reasons these students don’t seek help, the ...

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Early Signs of Autism

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With one in 50 young children currently being diagnosed with autism, it’s natural to wonder if your child is exhibiting the signs. The idea of having a child with autism is scary, but the younger he or she is diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat. Early diagnosis makes a big difference.

Ideally, it is best to diagnose autism by the time a baby is 18 months old, but infants can begin exhibiting the symptoms as early as six months ...

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Plano Counseling for Anger Management

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Did you know that violence becomes more common as the temperature gets hotter? More than one study has shown that there is a direct increase in violent crimes (especially domestic violence and brawling) in the summer. Some researchers think this is because people are out and about more. Others think it’s because excessive heat makes people irritable, resulting in more aggression. Whatever the reason, you may be at greater risk of lashing out in rage during the next few ...

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Join a Women’s Group to Boost Your Summer Self Esteem

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Summer is the cruelest month for those of us who don’t have perfect bodies. It’s hot here in California, but stripping off the layers to shorts and a tank top can feel like having one of those nightmares where you suddenly realize don’t have any clothes on at all. You catch sight of yourself in a store window and feel horrified. Even on a good day, you may find yourself worrying about how your arms look ...

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Is There a Pill That Can Help You Stop Drinking?

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Are you struggling with alcohol addiction? Have you tried to cut back only to find old drinking habits creeping back? Have you tried to quit “cold turkey”? Does AA alone just not work for you? Have your relationships, your career and your quality of life been seriously impacted by your alcohol abuse? Do you want to kick this habit now before you do permanent harm to your liver?

Pharmaceutical Treatment May Help

There is no quick fix for ...

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MRIs Might Make Sense for Bipolar Patients

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Has your mental health therapist suggested that your mood shifts and behavioral issues might be due to bipolar disorder? There might be a way to confirm this diagnosis with a brain scan. Experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been able to distinguish between brain scans of people with and without bipolar using MRI imaging. The technique is accurate in more than seven out of ten cases.

This obviously isn’t perfect. However, bipolar is very often ...

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Autism and ADHD Linked In New Child Psychiatry Study

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When you think of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as portrayed in the media, you might suppose that these two disorders are on opposite ends of the behavioral spectrum. Kids with autism are shown as being very withdrawn, preferring to sit in a corner and play with the same object for hours on end. Children with ADHD are stereotyped as being social butterflies, unable to sit still and concentrate on anything ...

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