Language & Autism: What You Say Matters

Autistic blogger Paddy-Joe Moran wrote this excellent piece on the impact of language, especially when used by health care professionals. To demonstrate understanding & empathy as well as change the overall autism conversation to a more accepting one, check out his tips
(And if your initial urge is to correct my lack of person-first language, please check out the link!) 

http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2015/feb/11/language-autism-social-care-professionals

9 Panic Attack Myths

Even though panic attacks are an incredibly common experience, they are surrounding by several common misperceptions. And it's not just those who've never had a panic attack that are misinformed. One of the best coping skills for dealing with panic is understanding what's going on & not fueling the fire with false information. Take a read & see how many myths you might be buying into.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/panic-attack-myths_n_6509750.html

10 Things To Know: Autism & Romantic Relationships

"A lack of social skills does not mean a lack of interest in socializing."

This excellent blog post from a 21 year-old awareness-raising Aspie in Yorkshire, who provides 10 very important insights to keep in mind when it comes to romantic relationships on the autism spectrum

 

http://seeingdoubleautismawareness.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/ten-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-autism-and-romantic-relationships/

10 Depression Myths & Misconceptions

As depression is moving to the forefront of mental health discussions in our culture, we need to be sure we're working with the facts instead of perpetuating the many depression myths & misperceptions already swirling around out there. 

The People of Color Network created a very concise recap of these 10 things, originally posted by the Huffington Post.

http://pcnhealth.com/10-myths-and-misconceptions-about-depression/

"Grin & Bear It" May Not Be Such Great Advice

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New research indicates that forcing yourself to smile when you aren't feeling so smiley could backfire. If done too frequently, it could confuse the brain into associating smiling with unhappiness, leading to an overall sense of unease.

When it comes to emotions, typically the best thing we can do is acknowledge our current state & try to remain congruent while passing through it. Go ahead & smile. If you feel like it.

 

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/09/07/the-sad-truth-about-your-smile/