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Disability comes in many different forms, some better known, some doomed into obscurity. Today, the 3rd of December is world disability day. I wanted to include some statistics about disability in this article, but it proved difficult to find international statistics about the subject, as most sites only listed numbers about the United States. It might be that there are no good international statistics, as I think the people in developing countries are focusing their healthcare resources on something else.

Disability doesn't mean just being in a wheelchair or having missing limbs. Disability can be congenital or acquired. It can be caused by eg. a hereditary condition, problems during pregnancy or during birth, psychologic trauma, chronic illness, poisoning, complications of an acute illness, complications of medical treatment or injuries sustained due to an accident or violence. Sometimes a disability can be cured or put to remission by treatment (such as surgery or medication), but in most cases it's more or less permanent, with a steady level of disability, a relapsing-remitting course of illness or a progressive course.

In many cases disability is invisible, meaning that you won't notice that someone is disabled if you don't know it. A person may appear perfectly normal even if they suffer from cognitive impairment, chronic pain, severe fatigue, depression, blurred vision, compulsive thoughts or some other symptoms caused by the disability. This often leads to the disability being belittled and in extreme cases even to accusations of lying or malingering the condition, because it cannot be witnessed from outside.

Did you know...

...that not everyone who is in a wheelchair is paralyzed? Some people suffer from severe fatigue or muscle weakness that makes them unable to walk and others experience severe pain if they attempt walking.
...that people in wheelchairs can play many sports or even dance?
...that in Italy companies are mandated by law to hire disabled workers (disability percentage more than 46%)? Eg. if there are more than 15 employees it has to hire at least one disabled person. Companies with over 50 employees have to have at least 7% of their workforce consist of disabled people.
...that even brief treatment with some medications that can be life-saving, such as antibiotics, antipsychotic drugs and corticosteroids can in some cases cause permanent damage to the body?
...that many disabled people commit suicide, not necessarily because of the actual disability, but because they can't get treatment or assistance or because they receive inadequate pain relief?
...that many people who survive cancer receive long-lasting or permanent side-effects from the radiation, chemotherapy or other medications, such as chronic pain, seizures, cognitive impairment ("chemo brain") and damage to heart, lungs or other organs?
...that children suffering from a chronic illness are often misdiagnosed and mistreated, because their troubles are attributed to school phobia, problems in the family or even Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, which may lead to the children being taken away from their parents?
...that up to 5% of the population suffers from autoimmune illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus or scleroderma?
...that sometimes normally fairly benign conditions such as anemia, rashes, or PMS can cause severe disability?
...that almost all chronic illnesses can kill, even if they're not usually viewed as terminal? Multiple sclerosis and lupus are two well known examples, but things like rheumatoid arthritis, CFS/ME, endometriosis and epilepsy can also in rare cases prove fatal.

Since DeviantART is an art site after all, the main focus of this article is to feature art and literature related to disability. I've tried to include a wide variety of visual art, including traditional and digital art, photography, resources, icons, designs and artisan crafts. I also tried to include a wide variety of disabilities, but unfortunately it's impossible to feature all of them even if there are are about them on DA, so please don't feel offended or left out if I haven't featured anything about your disability. But feel free to post links in the comments section.

eatart-part of a series by moodylemon EAOC Logo by dreemscapes PTSD by JacklynKeziahSoo Faded.Can't sleep tonight. Medical steroids are making me want to jump right out of my skin.
I am feeling very ick tonight. It's been an ick day. I remembered why I don't attempt to eat huge meals, and it's because I inevitably suffer from a crushing depressive guilt episode immediately following.
Stupid, but true.
I've talked to a lot of very hurt, down people this week. I wonder if it's something in the air.
I can go from up to down in no time at all. I've never understood that. I can sit here and write something amusing or something cute about my son, and ten minutes later I can write about pain, or bad memories, or anger. The stuff bubbles beneath the surface until it boils over and spills into every conscious moment like a poison.
I don't know why that is.  It's like there are little angry, depressive mosquitoes flying around, and they bite me. The effect lasts for a while, and then wears off.
It may also be the other way around, and the mosquitoes are happy while I am sad, bu

looking down on disability by razor-flower Good SoldiersI, too, saw God through mud –
The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled.
War brought more glory to their eyes than blood,
And gave their laughs more glee than shakes a child…

At the doctor's office, I'm limping.
Long weeks have passed since hysterical coiling demons first awakened in the muscles of my legs, strangling the veins to my feet as an invading army would cut off water to the besieged. It no longer hurts, but I walk gingerly on wooden toes, fearing what new injury fibromyalgia -- the Beast -- has inflicted on my depleted, worn-out body.
Like a jockey without his tack, I ascend the platform to have my weight read.
My mother begins to chafe under the suspicious sideways glances leveled at us by the nurse manning the scale. The woman has decided that the numbers quantifying my collective person are not satisfactory. My mother catches the unspoken criticism and asserts with indignation that her twins eat whenever they can. We Under Suspicion say so ourselves, but

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amputee supermodel by TheABones
Ignorance is Discrimination by heeeeman

femme. by tiamaria Narcolepsy by anon-y-mouse Chronomentrophobia by My-Guernica Claustrophobia by GoncaloBorgesDias

This mouth! This bulging, spongy, corpulescent, puckered, untrustworthy, throbbing, deceiving, feckless, lazy, troublesome, swollen, slothful, negligent, double-crossing, shiftless fiend of an orifice! This bulbous tongue! These equinoid teeth! This flaccid uvula! Curse this inadequate organ, that it cannot speak!
I could persuade the stars to loose their bonds on the heavens, if only I could create the sounds! I could drive the mountains to tears, if only I could form the words! Cities would hearken to my every utterance, countries would rise to my greeting, planets would dance to the chant of my tongue...if only I could SAY it!
It is not a slowness of wit; the words are there almost before the idea has formed. They are lined up on the porches of my lips, ready to cascade outward, a meaningful convoy of sweet reason, when my MOUTH moves into action, butchering each syllable! Jettisoning a machine-gun fire of noise, shattering words into pieces, choking over the simplest of sounds! For
Katy by lupeacecraft Sylvanvale Disability Service by Swiftau Art of the One-Handed Catch by jimloomis

:thumb39062097: :thumb34327717: :thumb651611: Fatigue by Aegis-Illustration

Horsemanship by WindCrest Degenerative by Sya Consideration by andrewcollinson mind in pluto by hairoune

Alison Lapper Pregnant by Eyeofthesoul :thumb9153173: :thumb40200357:

Accessing Disability Awareness"Accessing Disability Awareness"
A comedic short by Mike LaPenna
MIKE sits at his desk in his new wheelchair contemplating what to write for his latest screenwriting assignment while talking on the phone with CHRIS.
I don't know what to do man.  I've been sitting here for three hours and I can't come up with crap!
Don't worry so much, it would come to you.  Think about real life.  There's plenty of stuff in real life that's funny, you just don't see it until after the fact.
True.  I guess I just have to chill the hell out for a minute.
Yeah get some rest man.  You sound like you need it.
Yeah, I do!  Plus I get to test out my new chair tomorrow!
That should be awesome… but get some sleep and talk to me tomorrow.  
Alright Chris, goodnight.
MIKE awakes from a good night sleep to start hi
tennis by mar-ys Migraine Emoticon v2 by withani Preparing to descent by varjag

disABLED Deviant Stamp by LyinRyan Stephen Hawkins does Pinky by neolestat Self Potrait Twist 2 by clarajazz

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The Pressure of the Machine by LoveLikeHeroine

Custom Crutches by rezident Yellow Blue Red
The cheese was yellow.  The bowl was blue.  He pushed the last few macaroni around in the bottom of the bowl.  Yellow ships in a blue sea, he thought.  Yellow and blue.  The macaroni made a ring.  The yellow was more orange, he corrected himself.  Orange like his truck.  It was almost like the rubber ducky in the bathtub upstairs.  Orange-yellow.  Yellow-orange.
He played with the elbows in the bowl.  There were four.  He pushed them into a line.  One, two, three, four.  Four yellow.  Yellow four.  He spun one around slowly with his fork.  It looked kind of like a clock with its hands spinning around and around and around.  Four clocks in a circular clock bowl.
He began to look past the spinning of the macaroni to the bowl.  It was spotted with orange-yellow (yellow-orange) cheese, but the blue show

Strangest FogStrangest fog, this illness.
Sylvia talked of tulips and white hospitals
when I was seventeen, and I thought,
"This is morose. This is what maudlin
is meant to mean. What strange
self-indulgence." And now,
I see the inside, or I saw it, once.
It's when the eyes recede into the caverns
of the mind, like cupping your hands
at your temples, except it's bone and skin,
in walls around you and the bright at the end
of the tunnel is really very white.
Strangest fog.
Walk like your body
is not your all.
Talk like a tin can kicked
down the road to sandstone,
soapstone lives you've lived, built
from the matter of your mind,
abrasive, dissolving, waterfalls of memory -
I used to hallucinate when I was younger am I still
                         hallucinating am I still younger -

Sylvia wrote hospital ice boxes
and no one ever see the day
of dead children or yellow fl
Schizophobic Aura -- Migraine by hellmonkey42 I Can'tThere are a lot of things I can’t do. Advanced Theoretical Physics for example, write in fluent Thai for another, although I did go through a phase a few years ago of trying to learn it. Some of things I can’t do are due to simple biology, such as seeing without glasses, or singing soprano (not that I can sing in any other range either). Others are less justifiable. I can’t, for example, eat pork without feeling violently ill. I can’t write in verse without lapsing into cheesy love poetry, no matter what I was writing about to begin with. I can’t bring myself to listen to anything by Abba, although as I understand it, that is a common failing.
However there are some things that I can’t do that make no sense whatsoever. To anyone, even myself. The main thing I cannot do is talk in front of other people. I just can’t. I don’t know why. No one does. Oh they have theories, but nothing solid. None of the therapists I’ve seen in the seventeen year

:thumb25498123: :thumb30455243: :thumb13929979: shackles by mao-lin

Lady Migraine by ellaine hand by mar-ys BedriddenOh bring me a backbone to breathe with
There is no other patchwork skin but this
ribcages catch the heart, spring a leak and bleed
but drowning lungs trust that nothing is amiss.
Oh silence me foolhardy lips,
speak your sorrows to the air
for collarbones and handlebars
have all but rusted beyond repair.
65 Roses Choker by allucia

Thank you for reading. If you thought the article was interesting, you can favorite it by clicking the heart icon on the left. All kinds of feedback is greatly appreciated.

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cbsmoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Being Deaf isn't a disability. it's just a language barrier. :]
jimloomis Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature! I never knew... There are lots of great works here!
Pink-Pony Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Im really happy there is an article about this. My twin sister has cerebral paulsy and is in a wheelchair. When I tell people this, some find it hard to understand, just because they have little knowledge about the kinds of disabilities out there. thanks for the article :)
gorjuss Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
great article !
pebcak Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Thank you. :hug:
tmpst24myst Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Student Writer
This is one of the best articles I've read as of late.

Thank you.
ys-eye Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
Ooh... I really like this article and the dialog it engaged! :clap: It's true, some people judge others either because of their own ignorance about a certain condition/disability or because their knowledge is so limited and what they encounter defies a nice tidy little construct they had in their minds... This feature is also inspiring because creative abilities are showcased!;) You did a wonderful job :nod: :thumbsup:
ADDinfusedcreativity Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
I'm an amputee. --->[link]

Not anything serious, but I still have much love for the disabled and otherwise handicapped. :heart:
dave-hoghtoncarter Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
A great article and a good collection of art. Open discussion of these kind of issues is always a good thing. :salute:
godgifted45 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006   Writer
Thanks for sharing about disabilities.......

Mangamousie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article. Nicely done. I myself am autistic, PDD-nos to be exact. Also got ADHD with it. Mostly I don't tell people about it because of their reactions, which generally consist of: You don't look autistic, you can talk?, You don't drool? etc. Thus mostly I keep it to myself and only tell people I truly know well and whom I can trust.
donkeypunchmurphy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
hey girlie...

sweet article. I (which is a term I use loosely) am a schizophrenic, and I'm glad we got included in the list.
krash Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Photographer
...and not all disabled people appear any different than anyone else...

To meet me you would never know that I am considered 84% disabled.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Professional Writer
Well, I should have 100%, but the public insurance provider refuses to acknowledge my diagnosis. People always refuse to believe that I'm sick in any way, because I look so "healthy and normal" (apparently so even though I am pale, underweight, have nasty dark patches under my eyes and have lost half of my hair). My friend who can't stand up or walk for even a minute looks perfectly normal if you don't know about her condition.

But people want to believe everything about a person is visible. Many people still think that gays can be told apart from heterosexuals etc. All gays have a girly voice and dress in pink, all disabled people are in wheelchairs (or at least appear retarded), right?
krash Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006  Professional Photographer
tellG Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Oh, um, sorry for the two comments but would Gender Identity Disorder count?
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Professional Writer
I'm sure it can be very disabling for many people. That's how I would define disability, as a condition that makes you feel disabled.
tellG Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Hey, I found this article quite informative. 'Twas an eye-opener.

I'll favorite this article.
magicpoppet Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Great article! Thanks for writing it. I didn't know there was such a thing as World Disability Day. It's good to know that people like me are being "honored" at least once a year! :) I'm 2 days late, but I think I will celebrate it later. I'll probably draw or paint or make a collage to commemorate the day. Cornball as this sounds, making art---ANY art---really helps me cope with my condition.

DSMeatte Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006   Digital Artist
I myself actually have Autism and Asperger syndrome, and I've really got to say, It's actually much harder then being normal. Hell, if anything we're abused :(

For example, My entire middle school years was inside an old print shop, with a size of about 30 students. We were fed nothing but Bagels for breakfast, and those disgusting turkey sandwiches for lunch, every single day of the year. The only difference was, if we did something bad, we got a box of juice for lunch instead of chocolate milk.

It was bad enough they gave us the education of a third grader, they didn't have to make us feel like them. Not to mention my life has gone from crap to shit after my father kicked me out, forcing me to move to Mexico. (THATS NO LIE)

I thank you for making this article. It really did make me feel better a little.
Dandelion-lion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
Can you add that only 5% of people with tourettes syndrome actually swear outloud?
Its just that the media represents this as being the only real symptom.

I just love this article and would love to see more of it in the future :D
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Writer
I'm aware that only a minority of people with Tourettes swear and I agree it's annoying that it's portrayed as the sole symptom. I have a good friend (who's in DA too) who has Tourettes (and doesn't swear), though he has been almost symptom free for years thanks to medication.

I can definitely see where you're coming from. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and people think it means I'm just tired, even though being tired and being fatigued aren't even the same thing. For me CFS has meant things like chronic fever, heart damage and severe cognitive symptoms. My friend is wheelchair-bound and visually impaired due to CFS - yet she isn't any more "tired" than a normal person.

Sadly this is the case with almost all disabilities. It's easier to simplify them into one or two symptoms, because most people don't have the interest or attention span to learn more thoroughly about them. People think arthitis is just pain in the joints and diabetes means that you can't eat sugar and have to inject yourself with insulin.

Thanks for the support! I'm hoping to make another issue for next year's disability day.
Dandelion-lion Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
Yes, having tourettes myself I know how hard those stereotypes can be.
My symptoms were quite bad, but no swearing and I have been medication free for almost a year now, a great acomplishment seeing as I have been taking some sort of medication every day of my life since I was 7 years old.
I am now proud of my tourettes, instead of ashamed of it and use it to provide others with insight and inspiration. I want everyone to know my story so that they can feel that anything can be accomplished.
In my first year of high school I was bullied and bashed, threatened of death, so my mum pulled me out of school 4 months before the year finished. I then went on to a school that helped me so much and I began to realise that I am who I am, and I cant change that, nor do I want to.
Now, Im at uni doing an early childhood degree and I have barely any noticeable tics at all. Only my mum can notice them :) I have a boyfriend of almost a year and Im just so happy and Im finally looking forward to the future, instead of not having one at all!

My mum has chronic fatigue too, so I know what you mean.
I think it would be great if next year, or whenever, you could find some inspiriational stories of people with disabilities, with the art too of course, considering this is an art site ^^
I know that I love to inspire others, by telling my story, and Im sure there are many other people who have had it harder than me and have gone on to live wonderful lives.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Professional Writer
Sorry for the bit of a late reply. Great to hear things have worked out for you so well. Different people take different approaches to disability - some want to openly be the way the way they are and others rather take medication if symptoms make their life difficult. Both are valid approaches.

Chronic fatigue and CFS are two terms that shouldn't be used interchangeably, though. Chronic fatigue is just what its name says, persistent fatigue, while CFS always includes other symptoms such as cognitive difficulties, immune dysfunction, fever, aches and heart arrhythmias.

"Inspirational" success stories are everywhere. Heck, half of Reader's Digest is all about them. But they're only one side of the coin. I prefer to tell the stories of the people who are still fighting, as with disability you may not always win no matter how hard you try.

On the CFS awareness day of 2005 I told the story of my friend jat and next year I intend to write about another friend who's struggling with severe progressive CFS to the point of needing a wheelchair (which the society doesn't want to give her). Life is usually less than wonderful when you're entirely dependent on others. But of course you can share your story with others, you don't need anyone's help for that.
Dandelion-lion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
Of course, the other stories are so important too, the ones that seem hopeless. I think those people are the bravest. I mean its fine to overcome your 'disease' and finally live a reletively normal life, but to keep struggling every day is just so brave and inspiring. I never really thought about it that way, but what you've said is a real eye opener.

My mum has chronic fatigue, not CFS. I never knew the difference. Thankyou. I will have to read that inerview.
Yes, inspiriational stories are everywhere, and your right, the people who still have to cope and cant live a 'normal' life and the ones whos stories need to be told the most.
Thats horrible about the wheelchair. Tell your friend that they have someone praying for them :) Even if your not religious (which im not overly so), I think its nice to know that a stranger cares. And even though plenty dont, there are just as many that do :)
YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing article about disabilities. :nod:

And... may I ask a request?

Can you add [link] to the list? Because it's what I have.

Even though it's not a severe case for me, I know people you have the same thing I do, except it's more severe. And one of my friends; he's also writing a book about his life and how he struggled with Aspergers.

I'll be trying to draw pictures in the meantime. I'll try! :)
DSMeatte Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006   Digital Artist
Also being a victim of Aspergers, I'd like to know when this book is completed :nod:
YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I'll let you know when it comes out.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Writer
Autism is already mentioned in the list of disabilities and the autism spectrum includes Asperger disorder (not all disabilities are single conditions, eg. mitochondrial diseases is a group of related illnesses). I've also featured at least one piece about Asperger.

I know many people with Aspergers, though none of them are severely afflicted. I'd be interested in reading your friend's book if he ever finishes it.
YukiMizuno Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, oops. I wasn't thinking about that. Sorry.

And my friends says he's done with the book. But I don't know when he'll publish it. I'll let y'all know.
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one amazing and informative article! :clap:
PinkyMcCoversong Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Writer
thanks for the feature - it's nice to see that up there for those of us who have disabilities...and for those who can learn about them as well.
Khavinsky Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
I don't find the use of the word "disabled" here very reasonable, but I thought it was really nice to shed some light here at deviantart on some subjects.

Was nice to view the work here too, article aside.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Writer
I know some people don't agree with the usual definitions of disability or would prefer to use a different word and they are are free to do that of course. I don't see anything wrong with the concept or the word. I don't mind being called disabled, handicapped or even a cripple, that's more apt and honest than silly PC concepts like "differently abled".

In Finland we have this proverb "a name doesn't make for a worse man". We also have this wonderful phrase that translates to "attitude handicap" and it's commonly used to say that being handicapped sucks, but having a handicapped attitude is worse. Disability may sound like a negative word, but I think this article shows a glimpse of the ability we have in us, to create art or to inspire others to create.
Khavinsky Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
I don't see the word as negative, I just find it pointless to give yet another label to a normal person who happens to have an affliction! As in a person with aspergers or bi-polar is just like anyone else, but happens so suffer from manic/depressive states and so on.

I really enjoyed the article aside from my personal preferences on silly words, never really thought about it within deviantart.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Writer
Yeah, disabled people are just like anyone else, except for their disability which may affect their life a little, or a lot. The world is full of labels given to perfectly normal people. People with a black skin are called blacks, even though they're really no different from people with a skin of a different color. Homosexuals have their own label even though it's just their sexuality that makes them different from heterosexuals (another label). I don't see a problem with these labels as long as they're not used in a derogatory or discriminatory way.

But I'm glad you enjoyed the article anyway. That's the most important thing. I know some people may be offended that something they consider merely a part of their life is called a disability here, but I hope they understand my intentions.
IconicImagery Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Writer
Excellent feature - I unfortunately have problems with a couple of those, but its great seeing some light shed on these issues. :thumbsup:
leaf-lover Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Thanks for such a great article, I didn't know today was World Disability Day, but ironically, I spent most of it explaining to people what I have that's wrong with me :slow:. It's so important that people understand about disabilities but most importantly, that while sometimes those with must be helped, we are still at the end of the day, human beings like everyone else.
treesofmachinery Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Great article, I agree it was very informative. Should also add Menieres Disease, [link] Another one of those stupid, annoying invisible ones!
emochick91 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
very wonderful, and informative!
JSTradArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Great article! I happen to suffer from a few of those mentioned above. Thank you for recognizing the importance of all these disability's in the community.
paellamagi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It sure is great being completely able bodied like me! :#1:

Seriously though, great article. =) :heart:
timmy64 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Hobbyist Artist
A very well composed article, and some excellent featured pieces chosen. And might I add that has to be the single longest snippet I have ever seen on News since I joined dA.
smokin9mirrors Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Amazing article. :)

Saiyanka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
Some people I know have disabilities mentioned in the article... I think sometimes we need such article to "hit our hearts". Often we close our eyes on others' problems. We don't see them or we don't want to see...
inchworm Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
Hey nice article. I myself have scoliosis and am starting training as a clinical psychologist next year with a special interest in neuropsychology so I will no doubt meet many people with many of the disorders on that list of yours. I love the collection of art you've collected in this article. It's great to hear people's individual stories of being affected with disability and disorder. I find a case study approach to such things helps people to understand the humanity that is often obscured behind disease labels. Every life is complex and multifaceted and your article is a nice prompt to encourage people to delve a bit deeper into matters they may not know much about.
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006  Professional Writer
Indeed, thanks for the thoughtful comment. It's also interesting to hear you're becoming a neuropsychologist. I recently took a neuropsychologic test battery to assess my functionality (due to the cognitive problems caused by CFS) and the woman who tested me was incredibly nice and sweet. She seemed much more empathetic than any of the doctors I had seen and I've seen some good and fairly empathetic doctors too. You seem to have a similar attitude, which is great. Even psychologists too often treat their patients as just cases of illness instead of human beings.
inchworm Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2006
Yes, I believe you have to work on empathy and remembering to treat everyone as a unique individual who is experiencing some problems. Hopefully I can live up to that standard :)
AbidingDaRules Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006   Photographer
interesting daughter kayla is autistic..So this hits home for me..I also suffer from panic disorder and bouts of depression..Thanks for letting us know about today..I had no idea...:clap:
arthaus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
A very well put-together article, for an excellent reason.
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