“Depression,” like “heart attack” is a generalized term covering a variety different conditions with a final, shared path of feelings of sadness and grief coupled with symptoms, such as tearfulness, lack of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, and feelings of despair, hopelessness and sometimes worth
Doctor Erika Nurmi and co-workers at Vanderbilt University recently, using genetic exploration and methods, were able to identify, and separate, a subset of persons with autism who shared savant skills from a much larger group of autistic persons who did not have such skills.
I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since.
April 29, 2004 article in The New York Times by Amy Harmon:
Finding out: adults and autism; an answer, but not a cure, for a social disorder
I met my first autistic child in 1955, when I was a second year medical student. That perplexing condition engaged and intrigued me then, and engages and intrigues me still, 52 years later.
Autism is not a new disorder, the ‘explosion’ in autism cases, whether apparent or real, notwithstanding.
Dr. Niels Birbaumer, of the Institute of Behavioral Neurobiology, in Tubingen, Germany has been studying what he calls “event-related brain potentials” (ERPs).
An unusually important article, in my view, on the origins of autism was printed in the July 26, 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Distinguishing autistic-like behaviors from Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hyperlexia: children who read early—identifying the subtypes
Hyperlexia— precocious reading ability in very young children—can present itself in several ways.
Do we all possess a continuous tape of our lives?
Darold A. Treffert, MD