Tuesday, May 7, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

WE'RE BACK after a short vacation, scouring the web-o-sphere for news items and resources relevant to those who raise, educate and counsel high-ability kids with learning challenges. Here are some items that appeared in our absence. (Did you miss us?)

IT'S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH in the United States. The organization Mental Health America outlines key messages and provides a toolkit on mental heath; find the site.

SLEEP AND ADHD. We've blogged about this before, but a recent article ties ADHD-like symptoms to sleep disorders. The author notes that we sleep less than we used to, and that we're mores stimulated during the day. "It might just be a coincidence," writes the author, "but this sleep-restricting lifestyle [including 'melatonin-inhibiting iDevices'] began getting more extreme in the 1990s, the decade with the explosion in A.D.H.D. diagnoses." Read the article.

DSM & LD. A participant in the revision of the DSM explains how he and other experts updated the criteria for diagnosing learning disorders. One change was combining three "buckets" (reading, mathematics, and written expression) into one, because "research has shown that these areas of learning are highly interrelated and shouldn’t be divided as though they were separate disorders," according to the author. The author also explains why the group eliminated the IQ/achievement discrepancy. Find the article.

NIMH: MOVING AWAY FROM DSM. The National Institute of Mental Health plans to move away from the symptom-based model of diagnosis used in the DSM to a model based on "objective laboratory measures," according to Disability Scoop. Those measures will draw on genetics, imaging, and cognitive science, among others. Find out more.

AUTISM: DIFFERENT IN GIRLS. Two recent studies suggest that autism may manifest itself differently in girls than in boys and, consequently, require different treatment. Furthermore, the genetic triggers for autism may be different in girls than in boys. Read more.

BIPOLAR DISORDER: CHILLING FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT. A woman who was a mom, teacher, and PhD candidate at age 27 describes how bipolar disorder affected her over 33 years, writing of her hospitalization, the beginning of recovery, the onset of mania, and how it all affected her sense of self. Read the article.

BIPOLAR DISORDER WORKSHOP. The Child Mind Institute held a workshop on bipolar disorder on May 2. Slides from the workshop are available, should you be interested.

OCD & ANXIETY WEBINAR. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is presenting a webinar on May 14 titled "OCD & Anxiety: Symptoms, Treatment, & How to Cope." The webinar is apparently free of charge. Find out more.

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