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The Economist had an article in its September 28, 2006 issue that featured a California psychiatry professor who used the Internet to demonstrate the inner experience of schizophrenia: "Peter Yellowlees, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, has been teaching about schizophrenia for 20 years, but says that he was never really...
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I just read an interesting editorial in the current issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry on schizophrenia.  In particular this paragraph intrigued me: "What causes schizophrenia? The short answer may be "nothing" or more precisely "no one thing." In most cases, schizophrenia is an end result of a complex interaction between thousands of genes...
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International studies conducted by the World Health Organization over the past three decades, have concluded that people with schizophrenia fare better over time in developing countries compared with industrialized nations.  In the current issue of The New York Times Magazine, writer Ethan Watters has an article entitled The Americanization of Mental Illness, wherein he provides some interesting...
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In response to news reports that it may be possible in the future to "cure" Down syndrome by intervening early in development using psychoactive medication, Jenn Power, the mother of identical twins with Down syndrome, responded on the blog Contrarian: "As you know, I have many years of history supporting people with intellectual disabilities. Through...
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Since 2006, Walter Reed Medical Center has been treating soldiers diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using a healing practice employed in ancient India:  yoga.  Consisting of a series of physical postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation strategies, yoga is seen as instrumental in helping to calm down the autonomic nervous system, or "fight or flight" brain, that has been...
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AMC Entertainment is teaming up with the Autism Society to create movie experiences on a monthly basis that are autism-friendly.  AMC movie auditoriums will bring the lights up and turn the sound down to accommodate those who are sensitive to sensory input.  There are no previews or advertisements, and families are allowed to bring in gluten-free, casein-free...
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 [Product Description from Amazon.com].   "Increasing numbers of adults are realising that they have been living with an undiagnosed developmental condition, yet most information and support focuses on children. This leaves many adults confused and in the dark. "The Adolescent and Adult Neuro-Diversity Handbook" is a handy first-reference point guide to the full range of developmental conditions...
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Scientists in the United Kingdom have demonstrated the effectiveness of a new computer game (called Play Attention) that helps children with ADHD control their impulsivity.   The child wears a device that looks very much like a bike helmet (see illustration), which picks up the child’s brain waves using electroencephalography (EEG).  As long as the child is producing...
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Product Description from Amazon:  This beautifully written exploration of "the unusual abilities of those who are differently wired" (Psychology Today) received a Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for outstanding literary contribution to the world of mental health. In this fascinating literary memoir, Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience as...
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