Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is not rare in the United States, with approximately 400,000 people living with it currently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 babies are born with down syndrome every year. Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-1: Autism

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illness-1: Autism

Mental illnesses have always had a stigma attached to them. Not only are they generally misunderstood but misdiagnosed as well. For instance, children suffering from neurological disorders which further hamper their physical or mental growth are sometimes thought to be mentally unstable; adults suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are labeled as psychologically weak; and others who are not only ill-treated by the society but also branded as mentally sick without any real mental problems. Read more

Differentiating autism from mental illness

Differentiating autism from mental illness

With limited knowledge about mental illness, people often tend to consider any disability or abnormality as a mental disorder. When little is known, it becomes difficult for someone to differentiate between various conditions which often leads to misdiagnosis of diseases. Autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one such condition that is often misunderstood as a mental disorder. Read more

Famous personalities who grappled with autism

Famous personalities who grappled with autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a range of neurodevelopmental disorders that can lead to impaired social interactions, along with communication and language problems. The symptoms of the disease may range from severe handicap to lesser behavioral issue. The patient may also exhibit repetitive and rigid behavior. Read more