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Mental Health Concerns
Alexander Graham Bell is thought to have had
autistic traits, which may have augmented his
intense scientific investigations. Both his mother
and his wife were deaf, which led him to research
hearing and speech and to experiment with
hearing devices. Bell was awarded the first U.S.
patent for the telephone in 1876 when he was 29
years old. Later in life, Bell did groundbreaking
work in hydrofoils and aeronautics, and became
one of the founding members of the National
Geographic Society.
Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa,
compulsive overeating and disturbed eating patterns. They
can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Timely
treatment for all eating disorders is recommended to avoid
worsening symptoms as well as the development of long-
term complications. Men and women suffer from eating
disorders, with as many as one in four young women and one
in ten young men meeting diagnostic criteria for an eating