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Appearing Confident

Ever heard the phrase ‘fake it ’til you make it’? When you appear confident, other people react differently to you. Begin by paying attention to people who behave in a confident way and try the attitude [more…]

Confidence For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Confidence is an everyday experience, something you have quite often, except on those all-important occasions when it seems to leave you and you could really use more of it. This Cheat Sheet helps you [more…]

Determining If You’re Codependent

If you’re wondering if you’re codependent, take a look at the following list of symptoms. You don’t have to have all of them to be codependent, and there are degrees of severity of codependence. If untreated [more…]

Reducing Stress through Relaxation

The key to overcoming codependency is relaxing and building a loving relationship with yourself. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Herbert Benson developed a type of relaxation that doesn’t require any spiritual [more…]

Turning the Focus onto Yourself

Focusing on someone else is a real problem for codependents. Letting go isn’t easy. Turning that around so that your focus is on you doesn’t make you selfish; in fact, it’s showing respect for someone [more…]

Getting Help for Your Codependency

If you think you may be codependent, you need help to change your behavior. Here are some sources of help for those suffering from codependency: [more…]

Codependency For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you wonder whether you may be codependent, you’re not alone. Different types of people may behave in a codependent manner, and codependence manifests in varying degrees of severity. Not all codependents [more…]

The Criteria for a Diagnosis of Autism

Autistic disorder is classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, a reference published by the American Psychiatric Association, as having 6 or more symptoms from a list of 12 possible symptoms [more…]

The Symptoms of Autism

Professionals diagnose autism based upon symptoms shown in the categories of social interaction, communication, and behavior. Continue reading to see more detailed explanations of these categories of the [more…]

The Spectrum of Autism

Some people classify autism spectrum disorders into subtypes by their presumed causes, but because science hasn't yet resolved the causes, this practice is controversial and not widely accepted. But you [more…]

Conditions That Resemble Autism

Because doctors can’t definitively, precisely diagnose autism, they encounter several other conditions and symptoms that tend to enter the diagnostic mix. This mixture makes awareness of conditions with [more…]

Early Symptoms of Autism, and Why Early Diagnosis Is Best

Researchers are able to identify symptoms of autism at younger ages than ever before, as young as 18 months. This development leads toward more emphasis on early treatment, simply because that time frame [more…]

Dealing with the Impact of an Autism Diagnosis

Finding out your child has autism is very difficult. No one can tell you that the road ahead will be easy. You may have to rewrite the script of your child’s life [more…]

Common Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome

People with Asperger Syndrome tend to be exceptional. Their ability to communicate, their great memories, and their intelligence often mean that teachers, doctors, and family members don't notice the real [more…]

Recognizing Bullying and Its Emotional Repercussions on a Child with Asperger's

Regrettably, bullying in school, on the playground, and beyond is a fact of life for people with differences. Most people on the autism spectrum report bullying experiences in school. Some research indicates [more…]

How to Help Your Autistic Child Learn to Think Conceptually

You can help most autistic children think conceptually by guiding them to put details together to form ideas — preferably with visual symbols. You can demonstrate abstract concepts like “more” or “less” [more…]

Bridging the Communication Gap with Your Autistic Child

Language and communication deficits are usually the most serious and stressful aspects of autism. Communicating successfully is a major challenge many people with autism face. Their ability to communicate [more…]

Incorporating Routine Into the Life of Your Autistic Child

One of the hardest things to understand about an autism spectrum disorder is the great importance many people with autism place on structure and routine. Your autistic child may shriek if she can’t watch [more…]

Why Early Treatment for Autism Matters More than Classification

If your child has been diagnosed on the autism spectrum, you need to worry more about actually understanding and treating his condition more than the clinical labels he gets stuck with. The earlier your [more…]

The Six ‘A’s’ of Relaxation

Here are six ways you can manage something causing you stress (your stressor). Go through them and choose whichever one (or few!) you feel would work for you to encourage you into relaxation. [more…]

A Quick Way to Relax when Stressed

Sometimes stress may feel as if it’s overwhelming you. Don’t allow it to ruin your day – follow this quick-fix solution to calming down and getting back to feeling yourself again. [more…]

Three Attitudes that Cultivate Relaxation

Regular exercise, spending time with people you like, participating in activities you find fun, being mindful of yourself and your surroundings, laughing, being grateful for what you have, being kind and [more…]

Relaxation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Relaxation is a skill. Relaxation doesn’t just mean sitting around watching TV. True relaxation involves activating a specific part of your nervous system which lowers your heart rate, breathing rate, [more…]

How to Prepare for Meditation

Meditation is simple to do and doesn't require any special equipment. You can, however, prepare yourself and your space in a number of ways and make sure you have some basic amenities: [more…]

How to Open Your Body, Mind, and Spirit to Meditation

Meditation is a practice that engages not only your mind, but your body and spirit, too. Use the tips in the following list to engage every aspect of your being in your meditation practice. [more…]

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