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Mood disorders, also known as "mood (affective) disorders," are those conditions that affect your emotional state. For example, depression and bipolar are mood disorders. The mental health profession’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (also known as the DSM5 ) also includes...
Invega, the trade name for paliperidone, is a prescription drug used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder in adults and adolescents. Taken as an extended-release tablet, the drug may be prescribed separately or in conjunction with other mood-stabilizing drugs and therapy or...
Medications Some medications can help reduce symptoms that cause problems for your child in school or at home. Many other medications may be prescribed off-label, meaning they have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a certain use or for certain people. Doctors may...
Clinical Trials Many recent research studies have focused on finding the earliest signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These studies aim to help doctors diagnose children at a younger age so they can get needed interventions as quickly as possible. For example, one early sign of ASD may be...
What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by: Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts; Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities; Symptoms must be present in the early...
Treatments While there's no proven cure yet for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), treating ASD early, using school-based programs, and getting proper medical care can greatly reduce ASD symptoms and increase your child's ability to grow and learn new skills. Early intervention Research has shown that...
Courage By Michael H. LeBlond, PhD, MBA Licensed Psychologist How often have you heard “just feel the fear and do it anyway.” This actually is not far from the definition of courage. What courage is not is the absence of fear. When most people think of courage they think of it in one dimension as...

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