Common Comorbidities with Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that is often hard to explain or qualify. Those who suffer from autism fall on a spectrum, with degrees of severity at either end. Autism and its related disorders are qualified with several diagnostic criteria, including a difficulty in communicating, following abstract concepts, and difficulty using language, among others. No two cases of autism are alike, and you will often here people say, “if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Essentially, this means that everyone on the spectrum is a bit different from each other. For example, many children and adults who are autistic are non-verbal throughout their life, but those with Asperger’s syndrome (a different part of the autism spectrum), may talk nonstop.
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A Wake-Up Call: Boyhood Sexual Assault and Its Impacts on Men’s Mental Health

Sexual abuse of little boys is a taboo subject. This topic has historically been kept hidden in the closet by people around the world.

It is subject that no one wants to believe. Yet, the mental health consequences of boyhood maltreatment last a lifetime as the little boys often grow up to become troubled men.

The Definition of Sexual Abuse

The definition of sexual abuse is as follows:

“unwanted sexual contact involving force, threats, or a large age difference between the perpetrator and the child.”
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College Students And Mental Health Challenges: Tips For Parents


Attending college is an exciting time for your child is full of new experiences. These adventures include finding new friends and exploring what it is like to be an adult.

However, college is also a time of stress, turmoil, and separation.

Stress from homesickness and the new pressures of college work, there is mounting evidence that our college students are not well.
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Tips to Help Your Teen’s Mental Health in High School

Being a teenager has never been easy. The rush of hormones, combined with the physical changes and emotional turmoil they experience can be overwhelming. This true of both the teenagers and their parents.

When kids begin high school, these changes are magnified by the issues teens face today. These problems include things that teens didn’t face in the past. These things include cyberbullying and social isolation.
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The United States National Tragedy of Death by Suicide

Death is an inevitable part of living, and most humans struggle to remain alive for as long as possible. But, in the past century suicide has been romanticized as being a hero’s way to leave life, with Hollywood painting it as something that someone does as an act of love for his or her family.

However, the truth is much grimmer. There is nothing romantic about dying prematurely by your own hand because you have become overwhelmed and lost hope. Too many families are devastated every year, leaving them broken and wondering what they could have done to save the ones they loved.
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How green spaces help boost mental health

Depression is defined as a medical condition that negatively affects how one feels, thinks, and reacts. Depression causes feelings of sadness accompanied by a loss of interest in activities that a person previously enjoyed. It leads to a variety of emotional and physical problems and affects an individual’s ability to function in day-to-day life. Depression is different from the feelings of grief or sadness that occur from the loss of a loved one or due to physical or mental trauma.

Depression and anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults over the age of 18 and above each year in the U.S. alone. This is approximately 18.1% of the population.
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What is PatientNextDoor?

PatientNextDoor is a community where patients connect, share and heal together. App lets you embark on a path to wellness by researching treatment options, recommending care providers and traversing the journey together.

To be diagnosed with a chronic or rare medical condition —or to be a caregiver for someone recently diagnosed — can be heartbreaking. The challenges are many and can range from finding the right doctors and the best treatments, to staying up-to-date with the latest medical research and finding emotional support.

At PatientNextDoor, we believe the best healthcare guides are fellow patients. Connecting with others in similar circumstances can provide much-needed support, motivation and information.

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