CROHN’S disease is a chronic condition which causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system – and can cause severe pain for sufferers
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK.
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease which can affect anyone of any age or gender, although it predominantly impacts people between the ages of 16 to 30.
At least 115,000 people in the UK have Crohn’s disease and around one in 10,000 people are newly diagnosed every year, according to charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
As a life-long condition, a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease can severely impact on a person’s ability to engage fully in day-to-day life, such as work or social situations, due to a range of debilitating symptoms associated with the disease.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that lies on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. It is characterized by developmental delays in basic skills, such as the ability to socialize and communicate with others. (1) While there is no cure, there are many Asperger’s natural treatments that have proven to be effective. Asperger’s symptoms vary widely. They may be first noticed when a child starts preschool and begins to interact with other children. Although the condition tends to improve over time, Asperger’s symptoms in adults are still commonly seen. (2)
Impairment in the use of nonverbal behaviors such as eye gaze, facial expression, body posture and gestures in social interaction
Benjamin Wallace, writing in New York Magazine about Asperger’s and its use, overuse, and abuse as a term, begins his lengthy piece with a question from the late Nora Ephron:
Is every man in America somewhere on it?” Nora Ephron wondered about the autism spectrum in an e-mail to a friend a few months before her death. “Is every producer on it? Is every 8-year-old boy who is obsessed with statistics on it? Sometimes, when we say someone is on the spectrum, do we just mean he’s a prick? Or a pathological narcissist? I notice that at least three times a week I am told (or I tell someone) that some man or other is on the spectrum.”