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The word for this day February 20, 2015 is COMPASSION. We all are aware of what the meaning of that word is. If you go to Thesaurus.com, you will see the definition: “A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” There are words that echo the feeling of compassion such as: Sympathy, benevolence, empathy, agape (early christians used this to refer to the self-sacrificing love of God for humanity), and humaneness. It is a word that I have been familiar with since I was a little one. Maybe it was not the word that I used, but the feeling inside and need to change things for people was engraved on my heart.
The minimum age to be a Candy Striper at my local hospital was fourteen at that time. That was the beginning of what would be…
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In the largest genetic study of psychiatric illness to date, scientists have discovered genetic links between 5 major psychiatric disorders.
Investigators from the Cross-Disorder Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium have found that autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder (BD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and schizophrenia share common genetic risk factors.
Hmmmm. Looks like what we already know from our own experience is being borne out by science. That’s validating. But even better, the specifics are being discovered, which explain the mechanisms of how our brains differ from neurotypicals. This will inevitably–and quickly, it looks like–lead to the ability to diagnose specific neuropsychiatric conditions with a simple blood test. And this, in turn, will bring to a close the era of trial-and-error medication.
The fact that these 5 disorders are very closely linked and, in fact, often overlapped, explains…
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