‘If I ever lose my mind, just push me off a cliff; I’d hate to be a burden.’ That’s what my mother used to say when she was still effortlessly managing a job and a home; cooking Sunday lunch for the extended family; engaging in political debate and devouring books that spanned topics from mystery to mysticism. I can see her, perched on a kitchen stool in her satiny nightdress, […]

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Even though they are aware that their behaviour is strange, people who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals to reduce their anxiety. What do we know about this stressful condition? Before Alice (57) leaves the kitchen, she goes through a complicated process of checking and rechecking that all the appliances and switches are off. John (28) can’t get out of bed unless the […]

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Wild child Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a complicated name for a complicated condition that is affecting more and more children. What do you do if your child is one of them? Four-year-old Dale* is the ‘difficult’ child in the family. He’s always in trouble, both at home and at his preschool, where he is frequently separated from the other children because he is disruptive and aggressive. For a […]

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Asperger’s Syndrome expresses itself across a huge range of capacities, from semi-functional to eccentric genius. Science has not yet delivered a cause or a cure for the condition that makes ordinary life so difficult for so many, but when it does, it may also find a way for the rest of us to access our dormant creative power. By Catherine Eden     In Born on a Blue Day (Hodder) […]

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