Some studies have found that there is an association between internet addiction and autism (Romano, Truzoli, Osborne, & Read, 2014). The question becomes how we understand the relationship between the two, and what we can do to effectively treat it. Contrary to common belief, non-social characteristics, such as engagement in repetitive and restricted behaviors, may leadContinue reading “Why Can’t I Break the Cycle: Autism and Internet Addiction”
Author Archives: Benjamin Meyer, LCSW-R
Using it Wisely: Frustration, Procrastination, and Learning Differences
Adults with learning differences can experience profound frustration. It is certainly an understandable emotion when facing a multitude of academic, professional, and interpersonal challenges. There is often a “chasm” between our intelligence and performance (Orenstein, 2021 ). However, how do we understand and use this emotion productively? Do we let it hold us back, or doContinue reading “Using it Wisely: Frustration, Procrastination, and Learning Differences”
Different in More Ways than One: Autism Spectrum, NVLD, Asexuality, and Intersectionality
Despite the lingering misconceptions and prejudices, it is well-known that neurodiverse individuals can be just as sexual as their neurotypical counterparts. Many people on the spectrum and with NVLD enjoy having multiple partners or monogamous sexual relationships. However, not only has a greater sexual diversity been documented within the autistic population, but some research alsoContinue reading “Different in More Ways than One: Autism Spectrum, NVLD, Asexuality, and Intersectionality”
Finding the Right Online Approach: How Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Can Use Social Media Effectively
For Individuals on the spectrum and with NVLD social media is a two-edged sword. The benefits have been well-documented, with some studies indicating that neurodiverse adults who use it are more likely to have close friendships (Mazurek, 2013). Many may also feel more comfortable communicating in this medium, as they are less vulnerable to the fauxContinue reading “Finding the Right Online Approach: How Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum Can Use Social Media Effectively”
ADHD and Dating: Strategies for Success
Mental health professionals have been identifying strategies for a successful relationship with ADHD. In fact, there are multiple online publications regarding this topic. However, ADHD’s impact on the dating process has been less explored. With the overwhelming influx of online profiles, multiple personal details to remember from different dates, and sometimes distracting and overstimulating environmentsContinue reading “ADHD and Dating: Strategies for Success”
Learning Differences and Anxiety in Adults: How to Understand the Link and Treatment
Can you imagine waking up every day not knowing if you are going to get lost, bump into somebody, misread a social cue, or be able to process an influx of new information at your job or school? Millions of people with learning differences, experience being overwhelmed and misunderstood by the world around them onContinue reading “Learning Differences and Anxiety in Adults: How to Understand the Link and Treatment”
Depression and Learning Differences: What Is Effective Treatment?
Many individuals with learning differences also suffer from depression. In fact, research has been found that students with learning differences are at greater risk for depression than their non-disabled peers. (Maag. W John & Reid, 2006). This is also likely true for the adult population. There are ubiquitous treatments for depression, including the well-researched CBT,Continue reading “Depression and Learning Differences: What Is Effective Treatment?”
Couples Therapy in Bergen County: How Do Communication Exercises Help?
Are you having the same argument over and over again? Does it seem as though no matter how hard you try, discussions dissolve into fights? Couples often struggle with communication. While they may gain some clarity regarding the causes of their conflict during therapy sessions, the same unproductive pattern can repeat itself at home. Sometimes,Continue reading “Couples Therapy in Bergen County: How Do Communication Exercises Help?”
The Spark: What is it and How to Create it Despite Learning Differences?
Strategies for creating the spark when one has a learning difference.
Finding the Way Forward: How Young Adults with Learning Differences can Build Self-Esteem while Navigating Uncertainties.
How Young adults with learning Differences can manage uncertainty to achieve their goals.