Author Archives: Catharine Alvarez, PhD

Save Money with Generic Epinephrine

Have you seen the price of EpiPens lately? They are between $600-$700 for a two-pack. If you have high deductible insurance or high co-pays, you will be paying a large part of this cost. Here are some strategies you can … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hostility Toward Gifted Children

Bullying has been in the news lately, so I’ve decided to share my family’s experience with bullying in 2007.  Here’s  a little background on the situation: Our son M is highly gifted.  He had been attending Kindercare since he was … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Social Consequences of Food Allergy

A recent study published in Pediatrics reported that over 30% of children with food allergies say they have been bullied about their allergies.  Previous studies have also found that having a food allergy puts a child at risk for bullying.  I’d like … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

I was interviewed by Dan Peters for his Psychology Today blog

I decided to consolidate various blog posts here on Microscopes are Prudent, and I’d like to include a link to this blog post by Dr. Daniel Peters of Summit Center. Dr. Peters interviewed me on his From Worrier to Warrior … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

What is IQ?

Sandeep Gautam wrote in “Why IQ is a Myth”:“To me, to be frank a score of 162 or whatever on a test means nothing, and I hardly care if the test is Cattels , WISC or stanford-binet. When a lay person sees … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

DSM 5: Diagnosis Should Describe, Not Pathologize

I’ve been thinking about Dan Peters’s post about pathologizing the human condition. I understand and share his concerns about the influence of health insurance requirements on how people are diagnosed and how they can get help, but I think that’s actually a separate problem … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Gender bias in the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test

The Reading the Mind in the Eyes test (RME) was developed by Simon Baron-Cohen to test aspects of his extreme male brain theory of autism. Recently, it has become popular with researchers studying affective empathy and autism, and is now available online in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment