Pravesh Deotale, M.D. is a decorated physician, psychiatrist, medical director, and professor. He has advanced medical degrees, professional experience around the world, and even a recent MBA — a testament to his well-rounded and successful career in behavioral health.

In a discussion with Dr. Deotale, we were able to ask about his perspectives on Autism Spectrum Disorder, support for patients, and the direction of the diagnosis.

This interview was conducted remotely, in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

Can you describe to a layperson the current clinical definition of ASD?

Sure! So, if you look at ASD over the past ten years, several changes have been made to the definition. Basically, when we describe Autism Spectrum Disorder, we are talking about a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the behavior, communication, and social function of a person. Previously, several conditions were included in the diagnosis of Autism, like Autism disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, or pervasive developmental disorder. But now, all those disorders are combined into the single diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder — and as the name suggests, there is a level of functioning that is decided. At one end of the spectrum, you have someone who is able to succeed in a very traditional school or job, while at the other end one may have significant intellectual impairment and will need an extensive support system throughout their lives. So, as the name suggests, the spectrum is broad and spans across a range — from level one which needs a low level of support to level three, which requires a high level of support. …


Pravesh Deotale, M.D. is a decorated physician, psychiatrist, medical director, and professor. He has advanced medical degrees, professional experience around the world, and even a recent MBA — a testament to his well-rounded and successful career in behavioral health.

In a discussion with Dr. Deotale, we were able to ask about his life and career, as well as gain some perspective on the frontiers of the modern behavioral health field.

This interview was conducted remotely, in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

How did you find out that behavioral health was your calling?

I was born and brought up in India, and spend most of my childhood and young adult life there. I did my schooling there, I did medical school there, and then I decided to pursue my career in psychiatry. …


Can providers handle the new influx of pandemic usage?

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Photo: bruce mars

Atlas VPN, a personal and business VPN provider, recently published data usage statistics for their service. This rare release of internal information has allowed an inside look at how people are reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, connects the user’s device to a third party server in a seperate location- the device, in turn, connects to the internet or specific network from that server. This can have a range of benefits, including a hidden IP, change in apparent access location, and increased security from hackers. …


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Lasers testing fusion reactions. Image courtesy of NIF

When we look up at night and view the stars, everything we see is shining because of distant nuclear fusion. — Carl Sagan

Protecting planet Earth with laser eyes and a red cape, Superman was first to harness the power of our yellow sun. Now, an international race for unlimited power is afoot - and nuclear fusion is at its core.

Scientists and engineers across the world have been at it for six decades. What’s the holdup?

As it turns out, there are plenty of projects moving at a breakneck pace to produce clean fusion energy. …

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