When extreme obsessive-compulsive symptoms move from disorder to disability

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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, […]

Learning Disabilities in 2019: Diagnosis, Assistive Technology, and Website Accessibility

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Learning disabilities (LDs) have different names in different countries, but they all refer to a person’s problems with assimilating, processing and/or reproducing learning content in a typical manner. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the American definition and diagnosis. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, a learning disability is […]

Understanding delusional disorder, false and impossible beliefs

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Delusional disorder is a psychosis whereby irrational, false beliefs persist.  Typically these over-the-top thoughts are related to grandiose, jealous, somatic, erotomaniac or persecutory behaviour. An example would be the ongoing belief that one is being followed or surveilled, despite a lack of evidence and no real reason to have the suspicion. Living with delusional disorder […]

Deciphering Dyslexia: The Paradox of the Differently-Wired Brain

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By Daria Costello Dyslexia has long been a generic term, even a terminological catch-all, encompassing a range of classifications, symptoms, and diagnoses. It’s remarkable how much disparity there is in understanding dyslexia and its causes and treatments, despite having been first identified and labeled by doctors in Europe over a century ago.[i] Generally recognized at its […]

All about writing disabilities and dysgraphia: The truth about scrawling and scribbling

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Humankind underwent an unimaginable transformation in the last millennium. The Science Museum of London, England estimates that we communicated using language as much as 100,000 years ago. Historians posit that prior to the development of language, humans communicated through writing. Yet, many brilliant people over the centuries with dysgraphia and writing disabilities prospered, succeeded, and showed […]

A comprehensive, by-the-book review of Grammarly Software

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Anyone who writes has unpleasant run-ins with word processors. Most have built-in grammar or spell checking software, but they’re often more a courtesy than a useful tool. Relying solely on their edits is ill-advised. Sure, it helps us catch typos, but even then the suggestions are strictly limited to what is prepackaged into the in-program […]

Using CBD for OCD: Why (and How) It’s Effective

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In recent years, scientific research has been able to confirm that the anxiety disorder known as Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) is more common than originally thought. According to recent reports by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 1.2% of all US adults have been diagnosed with OCD – with over 80% of the affected suffering […]

Anxiety disorders

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  “Anxiety disorders” was published on wikipedia.org, and is shown here in it’s original form.  However, this version is designed for W3C, accessibility compliance. Anxiety disorders are a group of mental disorders characterized by significant feelings of anxiety and fear.[2] Anxiety is a worry about future events, and fear is a reaction to current events.[2] These feelings may cause physical symptoms, such as a fast […]

Golden fantasy

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          This article was published on wikipedia.org, and is shown here in its original form.  However, this version is designed for website accessibility standards.   Golden fantasy is a secret (or not-so-secret) expectation that all of one’s problems can be solved by interaction with a perfect and all-caring relationship figure. The fantasy […]