Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What is a "disabling illness"?

"According to a study published in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, a therapy developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has shown that simply maintaining a regular daily routine and coping with stress can virtually eliminate [bipolar disorder]."

"Reading this news story brought to mind an interview I did almost 35 years ago, with the late educator and home-schooling guru, John Holt. During the meetings we had, he covered a number of subjects, but it is significant to this topic that he had his own theories about "learning disabilities" and how individual differences in how different people learn things had been blown into a whole industry in itself. Even back then, the signs were all there, as Holt himself noted."

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