Pathological Demand Avoidance and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Exploring Diagnoses and Treatment

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Understanding the complexities of neurodevelopmental disorders is crucial to providing effective clinical interventions. This blog post will delve into the distinctive traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)1 and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) while addressing the connection between PDA and the now outdated term, Asperger’s Syndrome. Furthermore, we will explore the challenges associated with treating Pathological…

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Academic Options for Students with Low Motivation

Academic Options for Students with Low Motivation

Motivation is a key indicator of success in the academic world.  Highly motivated students are more likely to engage with the material presented during class, leading them to have a better understanding of course concepts and to be more satisfied with school.  According to several studies, students who are more motivated to learn have overall…

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Why Is Depression in Young Adults Hitting Record Highs?

Why Is Depression in Young Adults Hitting Record Highs

Major depression is a mental health disorder categorized by persistent sad or depressed mood and the loss of interest in regular activities, creating a significant impact in daily life.  If depression is severe or left untreated it can lead to many negative impacts on your life as well as your health.  The recent pandemic has…

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Helping Young Adults Struggling with Trauma Regain their Sense of Self

Helping Young Adults Struggling with Trauma Regain their Sense of Self

Experiencing trauma is increasingly common in the U.S, with research estimating that as many of 70% of adults have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. While everyone who experiences trauma processes and handles it differently, it is seen as one of the biggest risk factors for nearly all behavioral…

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Childhood Trauma In Young Adults Can Influence Beliefs and Routines

Childhood Trauma In Young Adults Can Influence Beliefs and Routines

Many children are exposed to traumatic events at some point in their lives, with research stating that as many as 61% of adults have experienced at least one type of adverse childhood experience, and nearly 1 in 6 have experienced 4 or more adverse childhood experiences. Another study claims that number could be even higher…

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The Link Between Excessive Technology Use & Anxiety

The Link Between Excessive Technology Use & Anxiety_new

The public has often feared new technologies and their impact on society as was the case with television, video games, smart phones, and social media. Are these fears warranted and substantiated with data that indicates any negative correlation between technology use and mental health? A 2016 study of college-age students found that misuse or addiction…

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Why Are Young Adults Scared of Adulting?

Why Are Young Adults Scared of Adulting

The American Dialect Society nominated the verb “to adult” as the most creative construction of the year a few years ago as more young adults are beginning to refer to adult responsibilities as part of “adulting.” While previous generations acknowledged that these responsibilities were just part of life, young adults today refer to adulting as…

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9 Life Skills for Young Adults Struggling with Failure to Launch

9 Life Skills for Young Adults Struggling with Failure to Launch_new

Young adults who are struggling with failure to launch syndrome often underestimate how hard it is supposed to be to live independently. They understand that they have struggled with motivation, but assume that being more responsible and cleaning up after themselves may be sufficient in helping them transition to adult roles. Independence goes beyond physical…

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