Self and Society

The Social Ties between Autism and Schizophrenia

Scientists are starting to compare the social deficits autism and schizophrenia share, using a variety of methods, from eye tracking and behavioral assessments to electroencephalography (EEG). Some teams hope to expose the conditions’ common neurological roots, whereas others are drilling down into the differences.

The social ties between autism and schizophrenia

Studies have found elevated rates of autism among young people with childhood-onset schizophrenia, in which the features of schizophrenia appear before age 13 rather than in late adolescence. Research may help to explain how social cognition breaks down in each condition — which could lead to more nuanced clinical profiles and better treatments for both.

Thousands of people on Twitter are responding to what this CEO said when his employee took a ‘mental health day off’

Madalyn Parker, a web developer from Olark Live Chat, took to Twitter to share what happened when she was upfront with her colleagues about taking sick leave for her mental well-being. Nearly 10,000 people have retweeted her latest tweet, and many are responding with their own stories — both positive and negative.

Approaches to providing psycho-social support for children, teachers and other school staff, and social and emotional learning for children in protracted conflict situations

A psychosocial approach moves away from focusing on individual clinically based diagnoses to focusing on holistic, broad-based preventative programmes that promote resilience and develop coping strategies across the entire affected group.

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