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Mental and Emotional Health


Bullying, Trauma, and Children With Developmental Disabilities

Bullying is a potential source of traumatic stress for children. Trauma and its effects can be devastating for children, including those with physical or developmental disabilities, including autism. Unfortunately, the symptoms are likely to be dismissed as part of their disability rather than the effects of trauma.

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DSM 5 Update:  Some Hills Not Worth Dying On?

The American Psychiatric Association has backed down from several of its most hotly contested proposals for diagnostic changes to the DSM 5. However, this compromise may have come too late.

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Very Uncertain Ground

"It's filled our land with vice and crime,
Nevertheless, we're for it."

Prohibition was a good, or at least a good-hearted idea with disastrous results.  The DSM may not have “filled our land with graft and crime”, but it is under fire as a good idea that, at best, has not lived up to its promise, and at worst, according to its critics, causes grievous harm.

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Who We Truly Are: Grief, Pathology and the DSM 5

When does sadness become pathology, and is there any reason to suffer if it can be avoided? These are the central questions at the heart of yet another controversy surrounding the latest revisions to the DSM, coming out in Spring 2013.

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Willpower: More Updates from A Study of Self-Control

In this follow up to "Willpower: What Developmental Disabilities has To Learn From Popular Science", we move the discussion to doing what we set out to do and avoiding what we want to resist doing.  We continue our look at “Willpower:  Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength” by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney; a book with the potential to help us change not just our own habits, but how we work with individuals with developmental disabilities as well.

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Willpower:  What Developmental Disabilities Has To Learn From Popular Science

What do impulsive behavior; a bestselling book and peanut butter have in common? Social scientists are calling willpower “the greatest human strength”. Implications of new research on what affects and improves our self-control may surprise you.

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Medication Abuse of Developmentally Disabled People in New York

In New York, according to recent complaints, people with developmental disabilities are being given too many psychotropic medications with too little oversight, with devastating consequences. While states vary, the lessons of New York apply elsewhere.

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People Weigh Less Living with Family than Living on Their Own

Adults with developmental disabilities who live on their own have higher rates of obesity than do individuals living with family members. A different take on what this might mean, and how we can support physical health by addressing emotional issues.

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Maybe Psychosis Has Something to Tell Us

Individuals with mental illnesses and the professionals who work with them are exploring the idea that psychotic experiences may contain important clues about emotional needs and feelings of purpose. What might this mean for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness?

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