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Doctor insights on: Communication Techniques To Avoid Conflict

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How to temporarily suppress asperger's instincts and avoid social misunderstandings?

Observe and imitate: Temple grandin described her observing of the world around her like being an anthropologist on mars. Choose people you respect and who are considered as appropriate. Try to understand their reactions to others and try to imitate in your own manner. Try to remain calm and natural and controlled. Be confident. ...Read more

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Alcohol help to increase one's social skills?

Alcohol help to increase one's social skills?

No,: However, alcohol causes disinhibition and may decrease anxiety. The decrease in anxiety may help with social skills, but the disinhibition can cause really poor judgement which could lead to many faux pas. ...Read more

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How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

How can someone with alexithymia enhance communication skills?

Namenda (memantine): Although it is off-label, the medication used to treat alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) can help improve verbal functioning in this area. I have personally treated hundreds of autistic (including aspergers) individuals successfully improving their ability to converse, make friends, connect better with others, enhance vocabulary and syntax skills at usual doses. ...Read more

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Does brain skills improve a lot (eg: memorizing speed, ability to understand) with progressive studying?what are other ways to improve skills?

Does brain skills improve a lot (eg: memorizing speed, ability to understand) with progressive studying?what are other ways to improve skills?

Cognitive skills: If you doc has ruled out medical conditions, see a book by Brant Courtright, PhD called "The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle." It provides way to help the brain continue to grow, something we didn't think it could do not too many years ago. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Want to plan family, suffer from anxiety and hypochondria. Are OBs open 2 Q&A about worries and plans for these added hurdles in addition to therapy?

Want to plan family, suffer from anxiety and hypochondria. Are OBs open 2 Q&A about worries and plans for these added hurdles in addition to therapy?

Planning Family: Each person / physician is different. As a physician it is my job to help educate patients. However, it is important to work with your anxiety & hypochondria before becoming pregnant. I have seen a few patients w hypochondriasis who called incessantly with the same questions & concerns. Often attempts to reduce their angst & anxiety were fruitless. When somatic concerns & anxiety take over - it ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

There : May be some jobs out there that are, but sometimes the autistic mind can outperform piers if they are able to get by with some basic ability and training. Keep looking, there is something out there! ...Read more

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Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Porn Q's: It's tough to answer all of these questions bc it depends. People have different emotional and physical relationships with porn. Some integrate into their intimacy and it works out. Others find it gets in the way of getting pleasure from their partner(s). I suggest working with a sex positive therapist who can help you explore these q's individually or with you and your partner(s). ...Read more

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What's the best way to approach organizations to offer relaxation & stress management training?

What's the best way to approach organizations to offer relaxation & stress management training?

Stress management: Are you wanting to provide organizations with your own trainings in relaxation & stress management? Probably the best way to do that is to network with people within the organization, who then give your name to those in leadership of the group. If you're new in this work, you might offer a pro bono presentation so they can meet you. If there's an eap on-site this may be an entry point also. ...Read more

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Best ways to cope with sensory processing disorder? Any tips?

Best ways to cope with sensory processing disorder? Any tips?

Depends on the sense: The sensory system needs to function seamlessly with our information processing centers. Depending on the sensory area that is most affected, tips, training, skills, and accommodations are available from professionals like psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists etc. Seek a referral to one of the above to start developing plans ...Read more

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What are good relaxation methods or way to cope with anxiety and ocd?

What are good relaxation methods or way to cope with anxiety and ocd?

Exercise such as: Tai chi or yoga, deep breathing techniques, socializing with friends all can help. ...Read more

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Are there ways to psych yourself from traumatic experiences? To totally forget or to overcome traumatic experiences?

Are there ways to psych yourself from traumatic experiences? To totally forget or to overcome traumatic experiences?

TRAUMA?: You sound like something bad happened and you wish it hadn't. When it's bad enough it becoes ptsd or something partly like that. And yes, there are ways to recover from even that. Hard alone. No shame to get help with problems. Check with a therapist and ask what you can do with this. My patients usually make things better. ...Read more

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What are the healthy ways to deal with extreme anger against people u r not in position to leave or punish ie; boss, rude family member, elders... Ect, ?

What are the healthy ways to deal with extreme anger against people u r not in position to leave or punish ie; boss, rude family member, elders... Ect, ?

Have you considered: An anger management program? Cognitive behavioral therapy? Self help books on dealing with difficult people? You have many options. It is important to remember that you can not change your boss, your elders, your rude family members or anyone else who pisses you off- you can only change yourself. ...Read more

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Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction? Do they bond with family members?

Can someone with schizoid pd seem outgoing and socially engaged, despite a lack of sincere emotional interaction?  Do they bond with family members?

Schizoid PD: People with schizoid pd consistently lack desire for intimate human connection. They may have families and jobs, but keep people at a distance. They mostly appear cold and dull in affect. They would be unlikely to seem outgoing or socially engaged, but are able to respond to carefully selected others whom they need intensely. Some of these could be family. ...Read more

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What psychiatric meds or natural supplements can be used to make an eccentric "asocial social-creature" more resilient to psychosocial stressors?

What psychiatric meds or natural supplements can be used to make an eccentric "asocial social-creature" more resilient to psychosocial stressors?

Difficult to say: It's hard to know how to answer you specifically because an "asocial creature" is not a medical term per se. It may be that you're suffering from depression and/or anxiety. There are certainly many medical (and therapeutic) ways to address these problems. I would seek some help. If you want to learn more on your own, consider reading "feeling good" by dr. David burns, a good place to start. ...Read more

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How to master meditation techniques to reduce stress?

How to master meditation techniques to reduce stress?

Practice breathing : Studies have shown that meditation can have positive effects on your autonomic nervous system, your immune system and your hormonal systems, thus rebalancing your overall metabolism. Proper abdominal breathing techniques are paramount in achieving the relaxation response. You do not need to be a master. Find someone who can teach you this and then practice it consistently. ...Read more

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How can I induce a trance to overcome an immediate stressful situation? No money to learn meditation or hypnosis!

How can I induce a trance to overcome an immediate stressful situation?  No money to learn meditation or hypnosis!

Stress managing: techniques are everywhere, starting with Herbert B enson's The Relaxation Response back in the 70's. Ask around. Zazen meditation is one I show clients and its FREE (and non-denominational, non-religious). Hypnosis is so-so in effectiveness in managing stress but it can point you in the direction of learning to relax. CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) is very effective... ...Read more

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How effective are facilitated communication techniques?

How effective are facilitated communication techniques?

They have not been : proven effective, as they do not increase accurate responses produced by a person with a disability. For the history of its use, see http://www.geocities.ws/validationluna/html/a_history_of_FC_e.html. Picture Exchange Systems via iPad "apps" have proved useful for some children with neurodevelopmental disorders like Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read more