Autism Spectrum Disorder: Neurodiversity in Modern Times

My son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism when he was 17 years old.  For years, I had that nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right, but I didn’t know who to go to with my concerns.  Michael used to come home from school every day and draw a map of the state of Minnesota by memory.  … Continue Reading

dementia: The human being; the particulars

What is dementia? What are the causes? Alzheimer’s is one of many types of brain diseases which have in common progressive difficulties in brain functioning: memory, judgment, planning. While we can describe dementia under the microscope, how it actually occurs is largely unknown. Scientists study how accelerated aging in dementia is associated with substances (such … Continue Reading

Changing the Language of Mental Health

Outcast. Bi-Polar. Crazy. Schizo. Anti-social. Disabled. Broken. Delusional.  Words.  How powerful. And equally sinister. It’s no wonder that we call the act of constructing words SPELL-ing. Language is truly a spell – an incantation that controls virtually every aspect of life, from media to politics to everyday interactions.  The world of mental health is no … Continue Reading

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