The Department of Education & Learning Disability Funding In The Era of Betsy DeVos

The Trump administration’s culture of unaccountability is no secret to anybody with their eye on the news. Whether it be human rights violations at the border, the transformation of the Supreme Court to a partisan tool of presidential legislation or the rolling back of civil rights for millions of Americans, the current administration’s murky exploits […]

Beyond Pack-Rat: Hoarding Disorder and Diogenes syndrome

Compulsive hoarding is a pathological anxiety disorder that hampers a person’s general ability to disassociate value from objects. Typically this manifests in an accumulation of unnecessary items over a period of months, or even years. Although this trend remains controllable in a majority of individuals with the disorder, compulsive hoarding can evolve into a life-changing […]

Claustrophobia: The Fear of Restricted & Confined Spaces

Far from being a simple embarrassment, claustrophobia is a very painful phobia to live with and can become highly debilitating in everyday life. To heal, it’s necessary to find the cause of inner anxiety. The disorder is one of the most common phobias of our time.   HOW DO WE BETTER UNDERSTAND CLAUSTROPHOBIA?     […]

Nosophobia: The Fear of Illness & Disease

Nosophobia (or pathophobia) is the fear of disease. This phobia is more common among men than it is among women. In general, nosophobes are afraid of contracting specific diseases – namely sexually transmitted infections (STIs), cancer, cardiovascular diseases, MS (multiple sclerosis). HOW DO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND NOSOPHOBIA? Nosophobia (or pathophobia) is the fear of contracting […]

Aging and the Alzheimer’s brain: what we know in 2019

The best known and most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s dementia (commonly known as Alzheimer’s disease). It alone accounts for around 60% to 65% of dementia cases. The Alzheimer’s brain affects only the thin outer layer of grey matter, the cortex. Because it begins in a progressively old region of the cortex involved in […]

Asperger Syndrome in adults: bring on the technical, not so much the social

Asperger’s syndrome is an inherited developmental neurological disorder of genetic origin. It falls into the category of autism spectrum disorders or autism. Asperger’s syndrome has no intellectual disability or language delay. Asperger Syndrome in adults means an individual’s life plays out in their own world. They are usually isolated from others, so they may seem like strange people […]

Understanding Agoraphobia, a fear of crowds & helplessness in the outdoors

Agoraphobia is characterized by a feeling of panic in reaction to the idea of an uncontrollable situation. This phobia is linked to anxiety disorders, and affects nearly 3% of the population. HOW DO YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND AGORAPHOBIA? Fear of overcrowded or confined places, but also vast and open places is known as agoraphobia. An agoraphobe […]

When extreme obsessive-compulsive symptoms move from disorder to disability

By Eric Van Buskirk Many of us pick up small, comfortable habits over time that are part of strict routines. They make us feel better or add to a daily plan which makes our lives easier in small ways. For most of us, these quirky habits are comforting, reassuring even. Extreme OCD symptoms look very, […]