Is it AuDHD?: When to Consider an ADHD Evaluation along with Autism
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
Have you heard the term AuDHD? Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism) are both neurodevelopmental conditions that can have overlapping traits, making it challenging for individuals, families, and even clinicians to distinguish between them. While they are distinct conditions with their own diagnostic criteria, their commonalities can sometimes lead to confusion or misdiagnosis. They often occur together, making the distinctions even more challenging to identify—hence the term AuDHD, which people who identify with both, have adopted. To make this e ..read more
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4 Takeaways from Participating in a PDA Clinical Consultation Group
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
When you work as a private practice psychologist, you have to create your own community. While I get to know many lovely clients and other professionals who work with my clients, it can sometimes feel a bit like I am on an island. Last fall, I had the opportunity to join a PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) clinical consultation group with several other professionals who came together through PDA North America. While we came together from different disciplines, we were all focused on PDA and mental health, and we were able to come together to discuss topics and challenges related to our work ..read more
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Find Your Place in The Neurodivergent Family with the Autistic Support Network
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
Have you ever felt out of place, even when surrounded by people? Wondered if anyone else sees the world quite the way you do? For many adults who are just discovering they might be neurodivergent, this sense of isolation can be all too real. Often, adults on the neurodivergent spectrum go a long time without the right diagnosis. They might not even know that their unique experiences and feelings are shared by many others. But here’s the good news: neurodivergence is growing in visibility, acceptance, and understanding. And for anyone trying to understand their place in this vast spectrum, ther ..read more
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OCD Treatment for Autistic People
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
Here is an exciting guest blog post written by my local colleague Dr. Bethany Walker. Dr. Walker loves to help clients process and manage OCD symptoms, and she wrote this blog to help explain how OCD and autism are related. Dr. Walker works with clients over telehealth, and if you are interested in learning more about her and her practice, her contact information is at the end of this post! What is OCD? People who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) experience obsessive or intrusive thoughts, images, or urges, which cause intense distress. People with OCD do compulsive behavior to decreas ..read more
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Chicago-area Parent Support Group!
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
For many people, being a parent is one of the most challenging adventures they have—there can be tons of uncertainty, stress, and more—but it is also incredibly rewarding.  When I work with families, I strive to provide them with a variety of resources that might make their life a little easier—and this is just that! A local colleague is starting a mother’s support group for parents of neurodiverse children, and I wanted to share this information in case anyone is searching for something like this! There options for both in-person and virtual groups, to make it more accessible for parents ..read more
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Understanding Neurodiversity: Embracing the Spectrum
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
You hear a lot about neurodiversity these days, and in this blog, I’d like to dive into what neurodiversity means and why it matters! Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes and celebrates the natural variations in neurological development among individuals. It embraces the idea that differences in the brain, such as those seen in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, dyslexia, and other neurodivergent conditions, are simply part of the human diversity tapestry. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of neurodiversity, shedding light on its significance and the importan ..read more
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Assessing for Autism in High Masking Adults
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
This is a special blog post written by Help and Healing Center psychologist Dr. Jaime Long. Jaime is passionate about providing neurodiversity-affirming psychological evaluations. She wrote this blog to help explain information about her assessment process. She wants people who are considering an evaluation with her to understand how she works so they can feel as comfortable as possible as they plan for an evaluation appointment. How do we assess for autism when there is a high level of masking, especially among women? I want to share this information for prospective clients, since this can b ..read more
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Imposter Syndrome: Navigating Self-Doubt during and after Neurodivergent Assessments
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by aquilatechs
4M ago
Are you familiar with the term “imposter syndrome”? It’s that nagging feeling of doubt, making you question if you truly belong or if you’ve somehow “faked” your way into your current situation. For adults undergoing neurodivergence assessment, this sentiment can be particularly prominent and unsettling. During the assessment process, it’s not uncommon to wrestle with self-doubt. Many grapple with concerns between appointments and awaiting results like, “Am I being honest?” or “Am I just overthinking things?” You might even compare your experiences to others, pondering if your struggles are “v ..read more
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4 Takeaways from Participating in a PDA Clinical Consultation Group
Help and Healing Center Blog
by aquilatechs
5M ago
When you work as a private practice psychologist, you have to create your own community. While I get to know many lovely clients and other professionals who work with my clients, it can sometimes feel a bit like I am on an island. Last fall, I had the opportunity to join a PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) clinical consultation group with several other professionals who came together through PDA North America. While we came together from different disciplines, we were all focused on PDA and mental health, and we were able to come together to discuss topics and challenges related to our work ..read more
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Join the Conversation: Your Insights Can Shape Autism Research and Services
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by aquilatechs
7M ago
Hello community! I have some exciting news to share, especially for those of you in the autism community or those who work closely with individuals on the autism spectrum. The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC), in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of National Autism Coordination (ONAC), is asking for public input on a very important topic: co-occurring physical and mental health conditions in autistic individuals. This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to contribute to the conversation and help shape the future of autism research, servi ..read more
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