A mental disorder or psychiatric disorder, or Mental functional diversity[1], is a psychological pattern or anomaly, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development in a person's culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context. The recognition and understanding of mental health conditions have changed over time and across cultures and there are still variations in definition, assessment and classification, although standard guideline criteria are widely used. In many cases, there appears to be a continuum between mental health and mental illness, making diagnosis complex.

Students create video game to help children with autism

Submitted by santiago on Mon, 28/04/2014 - 19:45

Global Accessibility News - A child with autism fires up an iPad and launches an app for Social Clues, a video game with a higher purpose. Developed by a team of 35 University of Southern California (USC) students, including engineering, MBA, design and others, the game transports players to a make-believe world that entertains, while teaching children on the spectrum to make eye contact, listen to others and engage in conversation.