Studies Finds Link Between Autism and Cannabinoids

A new study shows that mutations associated with autism block the action of brain molecules that act on the same receptors that marijuana’s active chemical acts on. Endocannabinoids are molecules that affect memory, learning, pain, and other important processes. They share a similar chemical structure with THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana. Endocannabinoids naturally […]

Autism and Anxiety – Part 3 – tips for dealing with anxiety.

The previous two articles in this series looked at anxiety in people with autism, and how it can affect them. This article will try and look at some of the things that can be done to either stop anxiety, or lessen its impact. The tips might not work for everyone, and each individual will have […]

Should Prozac be Prescribed for Autism?

Fluoxetine hydrochloride was the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for obsessive compulsive disorder and depression in 1987. While it has many different brand names, Fluoxetine is mostly recognized by the popular brand name Prozac, as well as Sarafem and Fontex. It is one of […]

Pets Impact Happiness for those on the Autism Spectrum

Science has proved that interacting with animals especially pets can have a deep impact on the physical betterment of human beings. Animals have been known to help in the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol and are also effective in reducing tension and stress and also help to avoid conditions like depression. It is also […]

Studies find video games can help individuals who have depression, anxiety, and autism

Studies have found that despite the negative impression video games have on most people, they can actually help improve the conditions of individuals who have depression, anxiety, and even autism. Game developer Zoe Quinn, who has been suffering from anxiety, developed ‘Depression Quest‘ after realizing that playing online video games has actually helped her deal […]

Opinion – New Year – The return back to school, a difficult time for children on the autism spectrum

Well, this week heralds the start of a new school term and for many parents who have children on the autism spectrum,. This week will be an extremely anxious one for then, as well as for their children. Anxieties will be high with many children having great difficulties with the transition back into the school […]

Parent Carolyn Weighill Talks about Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)

Carolyn Weighill from Bracknell, Berkshire – is a mother of 2 fighting for better recognition and diagnosis of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in the UK. Carolyn’s daughter Jessica 9 shows PDA behaviours but as yet does not have a diagnosis. Carolyn told us that recently Jessica has been referred by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental […]