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When Science Doesn't Count

SpeaknUp Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 1:36 PM
Perhaps it's less about Asperger's, and more about drugs. Many of the drugs that are supposed to "treat" our ailments end up causing worse problems (dubbed by the pharm industry as "side effects" as though they were of no consequence). Check out the "side effects" of depression meds. Same for Rx sleep medication. Among them are violence and disconnect from natural inhibitions. Just because Adam Lanza had a neurological disorder doesn't mean it was the disorder that sent him over the edge.

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...