asterisk2a + asperger   33

Autism in the workplace: 'Always thought you were a bit weird' | Social Care Network | The Guardian
According to the National Autistic Society just 15% of people on the spectrum are in full time work, and this figure may not take account of those like me who manage to stay in work but never stay anywhere long, driven away by social overkill. And yet it is being recognised that autism can bring some very useful skills to the work table – focus, attention to detail and commitment being just a few. A small number of companies have recognised this and are actively seeking these skills, especially in technological fields. In return, they are prepared to accommodate the social and sensory difficulties of autism – but many employers have yet to catch on that a few reasonable adjustments can make a huge difference to whether a potentially excellent worker stays or goes. [...] I appreciate that people will at least try to give me warning of changes ahead of time ...
Autism  Asperger  work  environment  workplace  noise  pollution  social  norms  stress  HR  human  resources  distraction  book 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Peter Thiel über Facebook, Deutschland und Asperger - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Konkurrenz ist schlecht. Monopole sind gut. Echter Fortschritt entsteht nicht dort, wo sich Menschen gegeneinander durchsetzen müssen. Sondern dort, wo Menschen sich dem Wettbewerb entziehen. Wo sie den Mut zu eigenen Ideen haben, die sich nicht leicht kopieren lassen. Sich gegen starke Konkurrenz durchzusetzen gelte gemeinhin als Zeichen der Stärke, so Thiel, "aber in Wahrheit ist Konkurrenz was für Verlierer. Wer Konkurrenz will, macht am besten ein Restaurant auf, da hat er reichlich davon." [...] "Viele erfolgreiche Silicon-Valley-Gründer scheinen an einer milden Form des Asperger-Syndroms zu leiden". Diese Krankheit könne es leichter machen, an technologischen oder unternehmerischen Ideen unbeirrt festzuhalten, selbst wenn andere sie schräg finden - weil man die Ablehnung gar nicht mitbekäme. Das Gegenteil sieht Thiel an der Harvard Business School: Dort wimmele es von kommunikationsstarken, aufgeschlossenen Typen, "die überhaupt keine Ideen haben".
Peter  Thiel  Competition  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  profit  maximisation  Asperger  aspergers  rejection  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  traction  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop - NYTimes.com
Now a new study suggests that in children with autism, something in the process goes awry, leaving an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brain. The finding provides clues to how autism develops from childhood on, and may help explain some symptoms like oversensitivity to noise or social experiences, as well as why many people with autism also have epileptic seizures. It could also help scientists in the search for treatments, if they can develop safe therapies to fix the system the brain uses to clear extra synapses.
Autism  aspergers  Asperger  neuroscience  neurology  neurobiology  brain  plasticity  brain 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Victim: 'I was attacked when my autism was misunderstood'
too much buzz, environmental stress of many kinds, general stress, psychologically, emotionally, ... not coping well.
aspergers  Asperger  chronic  stress  stress  Oxidative  stress  social  society  socialising  social  beings 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein
When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.
Autism  Asperger 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study : Shots - Health News : NPR
Prescribing ADHD drugs to children who don't have the disorder is "not justifiable," according to the American Academy of Neurology's new position paper. That's because children's brains are still developing, the paper says, and they don't have the ability to weigh the risks and benefits of medication. [...] More pills in circulation means more pills that can be bought, borrowed, or snitched. Various surveys report that 8 to 35 percent of college students say they have used stimulant pills to improve school performance. [...] "We have to get back to the basics," Graf says. "Sleep, exercise, and social interaction."
Adderall  asperger  ethics  neurology  ADHD  millennials  medical  research  generationy  neuroscience  aspergers  autism  Lobby  childhood  Prescription  Drug  misuse  childhood  development  parenting  Amphetamines  amphetamine  pharmaceutical  industry  society  medical  profession  Ritalin  neurobiology  culture  ADD 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Creativity 'closely entwined with mental illness'
Lead researcher Dr Simon Kyaga said the findings suggested disorders should be viewed in a new light and that certain traits might be beneficial or desirable.

For example, the restrictive and intense interests of someone with autism and the manic drive of a person with bipolar disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity.

[...]

"In that case, the doctor and patient must come to an agreement on what is to be treated, and at what cost.

"In psychiatry and medicine generally there has been a tradition to see the disease in black-and-white terms and to endeavour to treat the patient by removing everything regarded as morbid."
asperger  bipolar  disorder  anxiety  schizophrenia  mental  disorder  writers  mental  health  depression  creativity 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Op-Ed Contributor - Disorder Out of Chaos - NYTimes.com
This may soon change, however. The American Psychiatric Association, with its release this week of proposed revisions to its authoritative Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is recommending that Asperger’s be dropped. If this revision is adopted, the condition will be folded into the category of “autism spectrum disorder,” which will no longer contain any categories for distinct subtypes of autism like Asperger’s and “pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified” (a category for children with some traits of autism but not enough to warrant a diagnosis).

The change is welcome, because careful study of people with Asperger’s has demonstrated that the diagnosis is misleading and invalid, and there are clear benefits to understanding autism as one condition that runs along a spectrum.
asperger  aspergers  autism 
february 2010 by asterisk2a

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