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When Science Doesn't Count

Linda112 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 1:54 PM
What needs addressed is the problem of the psychiatric community having limited diagnoses for minors. Reason given is the child's brain has not fully developed. Yet, those same psychiatrists are able to prescribe psychotropic drugs to those same children with not fully developed brains. I have worked with 8 year old males on Prozac. I have worked with young females, ages 7-9, on Ativan and Paxil, taking Zoloft and Wellbutrin. This is a recipe for insanity all the way around.

When the press reported that Adam Lanza had Asperger's syndrome (part of the autism spectrum disorders) and other unspecified personality problems, the autism community swung into action in a way that is totally understandable. The Associated Press' headline: “Experts: No Link Between Asperger's, Violence”

The vast majority of autistic people are not violent. Autistics like Temple Grandin, the professor who helped create humane strategies for the meat industry, remind us that many people with high-functioning also go on to live full, rich lives of value to themselves and others.

Grandin also reminded us that, for autistic people, “The principal emotion experienced...