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Tag: depression

May 2017

Specialty clinics offer complete care for adults with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

Many adults with autism receive fragmented healthcare. Specialized clinics and personalized ‘tool kits’ are filling in the gaps.


Diagnostic tests miss autism features in girls

by  /  13 May 2017

Girls with autism may not get a diagnosis because certain features of the condition look different in them than they do in boys.

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A man and woman kiss under a sunset within a surreal environment, suggesting the surreal nature of studying romantic love within the autism spectrum.

Sex and other foreign words

by  /  3 May 2017

People with autism fall in love. They marry. They even (gasp) have sex. Yet these deeply human needs have mostly gone ignored by scientists.

April 2017
A small boy is surrounded by pills, evoking a sense that we are giving individuals on the spectrum too many psychiatric drugs.

Autism’s drug problem

by  /  19 April 2017

Many people on the spectrum take multiple medications — which can lead to serious side effects and may not even be effective.


Trio of studies cast doubt on link between autism, antidepressants

by  /  18 April 2017

Increased autism risk among children exposed to antidepressants in utero may be related less to the medications than to the mothers’ depression.

January 2017

New method aims to quantify ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  19 January 2017

A combination of multiple diagnostic tests may gauge the extent to which adults with autism attempt to blend in.

November 2016

Massive mental health bill faces vote in U.S. Congress

by ,  /  30 November 2016

If passed, the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act would make mental health a national priority.

October 2016
drawing showing young boys journey before and after ECT therapy

How ‘shock therapy’ is saving some children with autism

by  /  26 October 2016

Given its reputation, the most shocking thing about electroconvulsive therapy might be how beneficial — and banal — it actually is.

September 2016

Depression is little-discussed as women’s health issue

by ,  /  27 September 2016

Depression is twice as common in women as it is in men, yet many do not receive the help they need, in part due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues.


Parents battle for children’s mental health services at school

by ,  /  21 September 2016

One in five children in the United States have a psychiatric condition, but schools often lack the training and resources they need to give these students the support they need.