What exactly is going on inside of a depressed person? We look at the scientific basis for depression, and shed light on the fact that it is a disease with biological, psychological, and social implications.

We can see it in our biology, in our genes and in our actions. For those who are depressed, it’s not simply something they can ‘get over’ and ‘be more positive about’. If you know somebody who is suffering, please be compassionate and know that depression is a serious illness and requires genuine recovery/help. 

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An important essay from Amy Sequenzia.

This really scares me. To change what they refer to as “messy patches” in my brain before I was born would have changed me. I would not be the same person. My children would not be the same people. That horrifies me. To call the differences in my brain structure as “messy patches” is really insulting. Then there is the aspect of eugenics in all of this.

“They hope their work points to the second and third trimesters as a crucial time in the development of autism that may lead to preventative measures to prevent the disorder.”
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Kittens post naptime

there are tears running down my cheeks i cannot handle this amount of pure unadulterated cute someone send help


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Give your cat the  F L O A T I N G     J U D G E M E N T     B O X     to allow them to stare at your half finished work from afar

I want this!


Give your cat the  F L O A T I N G     J U D G E M E N T     B O X     to allow them to stare at your half finished work from afar

I want this!

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"Autism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder."

My daughter was tested for Autism twice as a toddler, but I was told each time that she didn’t score high enough to be diagnosed with Autism.  It wouldn’t be until she was 10 years old that a psychologist diagnosed her with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  It would be another two years, and the release of the DSM-V, when my daughter was finally diagnosed of Autism Level 2 with an expressive language disability.  She was almost 13 when that determination was made.  It was only after that did I realize she had been tested based on boy criteria the whole time.  My son was diagnosed when he was seven years old.  He was the first of us to be diagnosed, three years before his sister.  Yet, she was the one that the doctors were suspecting had Autism as a very young age.  I agree, the current tests are not set up for girls. 

A Note About Sensory Tools

Getting ready to order my daughter a new chewie.  Her favorite is the red Super Chew.  Her first one has lasted quite a few years and it has helped saved her lips from being chewed on and has calmed her anxiety.  She has used it so much that the little knobs on it are starting to tear off.

I have found that the use of chewies by older children, teens, and adults is becoming more and more common.  My daughter was at first nervous about using her chewie in public.  She was afraid people would look at her funny.  She does get a few odd looks, but what has happened more often is that she gets asked what her chewie is and is told it that it is really neat.  During school, if she is feeling really embarrassed about having a chewie, she keeps it in her locker and chews on it between classes. 

There are different companies that sell chewies, and they are usually marketed for young children, but there are companies that are designing chewies for older children, teens and adults.  These types of chewies look more like jewelry and can be worn around the neck or wrist. 

My daughter also has a fidget toy (angry chicken) and a small purse holding her sensory tools that she either attaches to her belt buckle or carries around.  Her sensory tool kit really comes in handy.  In her sensory purse she keeps chapstick, a beaded necklace, and her chewie when she is not wearing it as a necklace.  Her purse is actually a really long zipper that zips around and around to form a purse.  It is also a sensory tool. 

My son keeps two fidgets (Crayie the crayfish and Tweety Bird the hummingbird) and a sensory tool (a beaded necklace) in his pockets. 

I have my own fidgets as well.  Much like my son and his fidgets, I have to have my chapstick in my pocket.  I pad my pocket every so often to make sure my chapstick is still there.  It is comforting for me to do that.  If I don’t have a pocket, it must be in my purse and I find myself regularly feeling in my purse to make sure my chapstick is still in the pocket I put it. 

I also fidget with pens. I twist the turning parts back and forth and I like to take them apart and put them back together again.  I also doodle as a stim.  I doodle the same design over and over again.  It calms me down.  I have been known to make a page full of the same simple flower design.  I call them my stimming gardens.

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"Please know that there are much better things in life than being lonely or liked or bitter or mean or self conscious. We are all full of shit. Go love someone just because, I know your heart may be badly bruised, or even the victim of numerous knifings but it will always heal even if you don’t want it to, it keeps going. There are the most fantastic, beautiful things and people out there, I promise. It’s up to you to find them."

— Chuck Palahniuk (via wordsnquotes)

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