Lady Gaga, Joe Biden Reveal Plan to Build Trauma Centers

Former vice president detailed importance of providing long-term treatment for emotional, physical abuse Former vice president Joe Biden announced he is working with Lady Gaga to develop trauma centers to treat emotional, physical abuse victims. Ethan Miller/Getty Images At Glamour's Women of the Year Summit in New York City, former vice president Joe Biden detailed an ambitious initiative he's developing with Lady …

Executive Function and Perceiving the World

An Intense World

The brain’s executive function creates a hierarchy within the brain itself, with the executive function at the top, in charge of setting goals and priorities, preventing one from giving in to whatever urges one would otherwise follow. One can think of it as the CEO of the brain. Those with weaker executive function are going to have brains with weak or even nonexistent CEOs. Yet, an organization like the body requires at least a weak EF/CEO for the world to make sense to the rest of the brain and for the body to show control from the brain. Unconscious desires get expressed, resulting in socially inappropriate actions or comments. However, conscious moral construction is able to replace EF, or to at least lend it support.

F. A. Hayek observed in The Sensory Order, and this idea is supported by Stuart Kauffman, that complex systems model the world according…

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An Autistic Guide to Navigating the Workplace

Queerly Autistic

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This weekend I was incredibly privileged to be invited to lead a workshop/give a talk on my autistic journey through the workplace. Following this, I was approached by several people who asked me to adapt the ‘tips and tricks’ segment of my presentation on my blog.

I post this on here (as I opened my talk) with the caveat that I am aware of how fortunate I have been and how fortunate I continue to be. I am aware that the fact that I have managed to be in almost continuous employment since I was sixteen; even if those jobs were difficult, and even if I struggled in those roles, the fact that I was able to be one of the only 16% of autistic people in full time employment makes me a lucky person.

I also need to assert that in many ways I have privileges that others in…

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How to Live Better With Executive Dysfunction — Revisited

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

This post was originally published in February 2017. It is being revisited as part of the Adulting With ADHD series.

In the previous post, we talked about what executive dysfunction is and today we’re going to talk about some ways to live a better life with executive dysfunction. If you’ve ever tried to look for resources on how to cope with executive dysfunction, I’m sure you’ve had the same desire I did to bang your head against a wall in frustration as basically all of the resources out there are for how parents can help their children. There are virtually no guides to help an adult (or teen) help themselves. So that’s where this post comes in. The following will be tips on how you can help yourself deal with executive dysfunction.

The first thing I want to address when it comes to dealing with executive dysfunction is the idea…

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So What Is Executive Dysfunction? — Revisited

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

This post was originally published in February 2017. It is being revisited as part of the Adulting With ADHD series.

Executive dysfunction. It’s one of the trademarks of developmental disabilities such as autism and ADHD along with many other possible sources such as depression or schizophrenia. For those of us who went undiagnosed for a long time or who never learned about executive dysfunction, we often view ourselves as lazy, worthless, or many other terrible things. Things that others seem to find so easy can seem incredibly difficult or even impossible to those of us with executive dysfunction. So what exactly is executive dysfunction and what can you do about it? Today we’re going to talk about what it is and in the next post we’ll delve into strategies for dealing with it.

Executive dysfunction is when a person struggles with aspects of executive functioning. (I’m sure some of you…

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