North Carolina residents may know that, in some situations, a person's brain may function in a non-standard way. When a person struggles to communicate, regulate their emotions or thrive in standard living situations, they may be diagnosed with a condition that is known as "autism spectrum disorder."
Lapses in memory, distractions, exhaustion and a host of other conditions can cause individuals to have momentary concerns about what may or may not have been done. For most people, these concerns fade and worry is forgotten in time. For individuals with OCD, however, these concerns can become consuming and can control their lives.
A previous post here shared a story about a proposed plan by the federal government to monitor disability benefits recipients' social media accounts. The proposed monitoring would give the government the opportunity to use information that it found on sites like Facebook, Instagram and others to revoke disability benefits claims to those who count on them to survive. If this proposal goes through it could be devastating to millions of men, women and children, and perhaps particularly to those whose disabilities are not easily seen.
Children are born into loving North Carolina families every day. These families are prepared to provide those kids with whatever love and support that they need to thrive. While many infants enter the world healthy and fully developed, others suffer injuries, illnesses and other problems that affect their capacities to grow and mature. Issues that arise while babies are in utero or during their births can significantly impair their future abilities to learn and live independently.
The term "anxiety" is often associated with stress, fear and other sentiments of worry or concern. From time to time practically all North Carolina residents will experience it, whether they are anxious about new jobs, fearful of pending medical procedures or worried about their families. However, most cases of anxiety pass with time and individuals return to their normal mental states. Individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, however, may not ever find relief from their unease.
Everyone has fluctuations in their mood throughout the day. A person may feel frustrated and angry while dealing with a work problem but then may feel happiness and peace a few hours later when they are home playing with their kids. Working through different emotions is a part of practically every North Carolina resident's day, and for most managing emotional variation is a relatively easy process.
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities offers a two-part definition of what it means to suffer from an intellectual disorder. According to this group, an intellectual disorder involves limitations in a person's intellectual functioning and their adaptive behavior. While intellectual functioning has to do with a person's general intelligence, adaptive behavior has to do with how that person social and practical skills in their daily life.
The term mental illness relates to conditions that influence the way that people think, feel and behave. According to the American Psychiatric Association almost one out of every five American adults suffers from some form of mental illness and that some mental illnesses can directly affect the way people engage with their friends, families and work environments. Depression and anxiety are two mental illnesses that many North Carolina residents may have familiarity with in their own lives; schizophrenia, however, is a less common but equally debilitating mental illness.
Most Charlotte residents have battled their own personal struggles. While some have to cope with loss or addiction, others have faced adversity imposed upon them by outside forces. One of the most misunderstood issues that a person may suffer from is depression because it is not something that others can see or necessarily understand.
According to the advocacy group Autism Speaks, autism spectrum disorder is a class of conditions that can affect a person's social, communicative and behavioral development. It is not unusual for a child to be placed "on the spectrum" if they exhibit characteristics that fall into the range of possible autism disorders and autism can and does affect a person for their lifetime. While many North Carolina residents who live with autism spectrum disorder are able to lead fulfilling and successful lives, others struggle to care for themselves and to work for income.