By Barisa Wyse
The term “autism” is a generalized term which falls within a larger medical category often called “the 5 Pervasive Development Disorders”. Autism is the most common type of development disorder and can come in a variety of forms and severity of conditions. This has led to the term “Autism Spectrum Disorder” which is often used to identify and discuss the different types of autism. What this means is that someone diagnosed as having autism will have one of several different types of autism that have characteristics that are similar in some respects and different in others.
Within the Autism Spectrum Disorder there exists four subcategories of autism which are Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified or “PDD-NOS”. Since each of these are types of autism they all share some common autism characteristics.
It is widely accepted that autism is linked to the brain or what some are now calling “mindblindness”. At some point between birth and the first two-and-a-half years of age there is a severe developmental problem within the brain that prevents parts of the brain from working together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Elisabetta Reist
To know that you are a bipolar person is frightening. You know that you have at least two difficult persons within your personality.
Just before you really fall into your maniac phase, you may go shopping. You will do this in big style, for more money than you possess. You just need to do this shopping. You may make gifts to people you hardly know. Who stays with you will know that a difficult time is coming. During your maniac period you can be very aggressive, you can be physically extremely strong even if you are not during normal times. You are able to knock down somebody you do not like or who tries to make you behave and reason. And after you did it, you will not remember it. You may also shout at people or offend them. But you do it without knowing it. It is not possible to make you reflect about what you are doing. You are always right whatever you are doing.
Psychiatrists will try to calm you down with drugs because there is no other way, at least not for the empiric health care professionals. There are other ways but they are difficult to implement in a hospital if the management is not open to alternative cures. You have to stay in hospital because you may be dangerous to your environment. Only health care professionals who are used to dealing with mentally ill people, can handle you. Read the rest of this entry »