"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Network, 1976
Introduction, Overview & Background Information:
Aspergers Syndrome (AS) was in APA's DSM along with so many other invented disabilities. I (and others) spoke out and Aspergers was subsequently disinvented, removed from the DSM. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands or even millions of humans are walking around this planet believing they or their child has Asperger's Syndrom, whatever it is.
The first thing you will notice is the original "fact sheet" has been removed from the NIND site and replaced with another new "fact sheet" only mentioning autism (link will be forwarded at the end of this ClassiX). There are no apologies or explanations from NIND (or APA or anyone else for that matter) that their misinformation has led to millions being misdiagnosed with Aspergers.
I am proud to have always spoken up regarding this issue and I continue to speak up. In 2009 I contacted NIND and confronted them on their "facts," especially those stating there is an autism gene (they admitted there is no autism gene)... I provided input into APA's revised DSM, calling for the end of Aspergers (and the invented autism "spectrum" and well, um, a lot of other invented disorders)... I joined the Humanist Movement, pointing out how bogus almost all of the DSM actually is... and I continue to speak on www.xpsych.com about these issues.
So I am sharing here the original Mad As Hell ClassiX from 2009. Bold Red indicates my comments, questions, and observations. I challenge you to read every word of this and then stop to think for just a moment about what you accept as "facts."
Asperger's Disorder "Fact Sheet"
From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute of Health
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.htm (Link not valid)
What is Asperger syndrome?
Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder oh really? that is characterized by: (1) limited interests or an unusual preoccupation with a particular subject to the exclusion of other activities that means they really like to skateboard and they hate math
• repetitive routines or rituals they prefer a well-run classroom, if not, they get bored
• peculiarities in speech and language, such as speaking in an overly formal manner or in a monotone, or taking figures of speech literally young children take speech literally -- read Piaget
• socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and the inability to interact successfully with peers sounds like many American kids and adults
• problems with non-verbal communication, including the restricted use of gestures, limited or inappropriate facial expressions, or a peculiar, stiff gaze hmmmm, that sounds horrible
• clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements just 'cause they can't play baseball you're going to disable them?
AS is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), oh really? one of a distinct group of neurological conditions can you prove that? characterized by a greater or lesser which is it? degree of impairment in language and communication skills, give them speech therapy then as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought you can read their minds -- I'm impressed that your test can do this... what test do you use? Maybe I'll buy it and behavior maybe they really enjoy Barbies and Kens. Other ASDs purportedly include: classic autism, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS). In real language, NOS means, l have no idea what the heck this is!
Parents usually sense there is something unusual about a child with AS by the time of his or her third birthday, but most often they aren't sure their child has AS until he's formally misdiagnosed by an overzealous IEP team when he's in the fourth grade and some children may exhibit symptoms as early as infancy yet most children won't be misdiagnosed with AS until the fourth grade. Unlike children with autism,* children with AS retain their early language skills do they have language deficits or not? Motor development delays, crawling or walking late, clumsiness, are sometimes sometimes? If not that, then what? the first indicator of the disorder. What would be another first indicator of this, um, syndrome?
The incidence of AS is not well established, obviously not much of any of this is well established but experts who are these "experts" and where is their "research?" in population studies conservatively that's right, it's probably more like four out of every 10,000 children estimate that two out of every 10,000 children have the disorder is it really a "disorder?" -- I thought it was a "syndrome." Boys are three to four times more likely than girls to have AS. of course they are... you don't want to be a boy and not be able to throw a baseball...
Studies of children with AS suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood many children have problems with socialization and communication -- that's what education and speech therapy are for. Some of these children develop additional psychiatric symptoms and disorders if you believe in that kind of stuff in adolescence and adulthood just like the rest of the population.
Although diagnosed mainly in children but in only 2 out of every 10,000 children, AS is being increasingly diagnosed in adults why not? Here's a gift for you -- not only do you have adult ADHD, but you have Aspergers too! Go home and celebrate! You hit the jackpot! who seek medical help for mental health conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) so that a lot more money can be made. No studies no studies...? It's probably something like three out of every 10,000 then have yet been conducted to determine the incidence of AS in adult populations. or child populations... maybe it's five out of 10,000...
(1) Adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV that must make it true. Let me see, doctors are using the DSM-IV? Doctors? I used to think the medical field was based on some kind of actual science and the International Classification of Diseases - 10 well, that must make it true then.
Why is it called Asperger Syndrome?
In 1944, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger observed four FOUR!!! FOUR??? ONLY FOUR!!!!!????? children in his practice who had difficulty integrating socially. Although their intelligence appeared normal, the children lacked nonverbal communication skills, failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. let me get this straight... they had a hard time making friends in the clinical setting, they had normal intelligence, they couldn't throw a baseball, and they, uh, lacked empathy toward other weird kids... sounds pretty serious to me... Their way of speaking was either disjointed or overly formal, and their all-absorbing interest egocentrism is developmentally expected in young children in a single topic dominated their conversations. Dr. Asperger called the condition “autistic psychopathy” now that has a nice pleasant ring to it, eh? and described it as a personality disorder is it a personality disorder or a genetic syndrome? primarily marked by social isolation. well, okay then. This was 1944, in [wartime] Austria!!!!!? Nowadays, everyone's seemingly socially isolated... it's us vs. them -- or I should say, me vs. you in America in 2008. Do you know America is spending $4000 per minute on the Iraq occupation? That fact alone doesn't make me want want to um,... fit in with the rest of you who went along with this. I guess I probably have AS too. Maybe these shell-shocked AS boys are just petrified they are going to someday go to war?
Asperger’s observations, published in German, were not widely known until 1981, when an English doctor named Lorna Wing published a series of case studies of children showing similar symptoms, which she called “Asperger’s” syndrome thank you, Lorna Wing for your great scientific contribution based on some "case studies"... I'm sure it will help millions of children and adults. Wing’s writings were widely published and popularized therefore they must be true. AS became a distinct invented disease and diagnosis in 1992 which was only 16 years ago -- right about the time of Desert Storm, when it was included in the tenth published edition of the World Health Organization’s diagnostic manual, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), and in 1994 it was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic reference book that means AS is here forever, whether valid or not.
What are some common signs or symptoms?
The most distinguishing symptom of AS is a child’s obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of any other. such children used to be described as "driven" or "motivated." Some children with AS have become experts on vacuum cleaners, makes and models of cars, even objects as odd as deep fat fryers. Let's see... it's, um, now bad to become an expert? Are you an expert at anything? Children with AS want to know everything about their topic of interest and their conversations with others will be about little else maybe those topics are more interesting to them than the things you choose to talk about, like homework, following your rules, tucking in their shirt, and how you used to walk four miles to school, for example Their expertise, high level of vocabulary, and formal speech patterns make them seem like little professors. "Little professor" used to be a good thing back in the good old days... too bad the kid can't throw a baseball... then he would have some worth in modern American times.
Children with AS will gather enormous amounts of factual information about their favorite subject and will talk incessantly about it, but the conversation may seem like a random collection of facts or statistics, with no point or conclusion. Like our ex-president? Does George Bush have AS?
Their speech may be may be? let's toss a coin just to make sure marked by a lack of rhythm, an odd what's "odd" to you? I think it's odd that you buy into any of this inflection, or a monotone pitch. Children with AS often 63.28 percent of the time? lack the ability to modulate the volume of their voice to match their surroundings. For example, they will have to be reminded to talk softly every every time? Every single time? time they enter a library or a movie theater what about when they enter a game at Dodger Stadium? Do they have to be reminded to talk softly at a Green Day concert? Just provide speech therapy twenty -- no, thirty -- minutes per session, twice a week. And buy the kid some headphones.
Unlike the severe but what about "mild" autism? withdrawal from the rest of the world that is characteristic of the 359% increase in children who are misdiagnosed with autism, children with AS are isolated because of their poor social skills and narrow interests that means they spend all their time on the internet, playing video games, or aren't interested in signing up to fight your War in Iraq. In fact, they may approach other people, but make normal conversation impossible by inappropriate or eccentric behavior, or by wanting only to talk about their singular interest. Steve Jobs fixated on his interests too.
Children with AS usually usually? Do you have any data to back that up? How often is "usually?' 51% of the time? have a history of developmental delays in motor skills that means they can't throw a baseball such as pedaling a bike, catching a ball, or climbing outdoor play equipment. They are often awkward and poorly coordinated with a walk that can appear either stilted or bouncy well, which is it, stilted or bouncy? If you don't play sports, there must be something, you know, wrong with you. Heaven help you if you are a boy in America who can't throw a baseball... you must be some kind of a, a, Asperger's kind of kid if you don't have what it takes to become a good shortstop or soldier.
Many children with AS are highly active in early childhood that's a good thing, right? and then like so many others trying to cope with our dysfunctional American system, develop anxiety or depression in young adulthood please think about what you're saying... do you have any research supporting that? Other conditions that often co-exist with AS are ADHD if you believe in that kind of thing, tic disorders (such as Tourette syndrome), depression, anxiety disorders, and OCD. but all those, if they even exist, can co-exist with anything, right?
What causes AS? Is it genetic?
Current research please cite this "research" points to brain abnormalities yeah, right as the cause of AS give me a break***** Using advanced brain imaging techniques yeah, right, scientists is it doctors, scientists, or who? have revealed structural and functional differences in specific regions of the brains of normal versus AS children. These defects are most likely caused by the abnormal migration of embryonic cells during fetal development that affects brain structure and “wiring” and then goes on to affect the neural circuits that control thought and behavior. The typical parent reading this might buy this, but I don't. What's wrong with my kid? He's not the starting quarterback on the football team! It must be AS!!! Why won't the school recognize that my child has AS? If there is even a little bit of truth to any of this (proof of AS through brain imaging), then doctors need to be diagnosing it, not anyone in the schools...
*****Okay... I just can't let that statement stand on it's own without following-up a little more. Let's see what www.aspergers.com/aspbiol.htm ("What is the biology of Asperger's Syndrome?") has to say about current research and brain anomalies:
"Despite the now widely accepted fact that biological factors are of crucial importance in the etiology of autism, so far the brain imaging studies have shown no consistent pattern, no consistent evidence of any type of lesion, and no single location of any lesion in subjects with autistic symptoms. This inconsistency in the results of various brain imaging studies has been attributed to the fact that people with autism. represent a highly heterogeneous group in terms of underlying pathology. Therefore there is an ongoing effort to specify more homogenous subgroups among autistic individuals to enhance the accuracy of etiologic inquiry. In real language, there is no validity to any of this at this time, This approach has been supported with the inclusion of the diagnosis 'Asperger's Disorder' in the Fourth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association. And we all know there ain't much research supporting most what's included in the DSM-IV.
Associated medical conditions such as fragile-X syndrome Fragile-X is associated with mental retardation and maleness -- not autism or AS, at least when it first came out from Denver Childrens' Hospital in the '80's, if you remember, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, and hypothyroidism are less common in Asperger's Disorder than in classical autism. Therefore it may be expected that there are fewer major structural brain abnormalities associated with Asperger's Disorder than with autism or maybe none at all? To our knowledge, a very small number of structural brain abnormalities have been so far associated with Asperger's Disorder, which include left frontal macrogyria, bilateral opercular polymicrogyria, and left temporal lobe damage. On the other hand brain imaging techniques like positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission tomography (SPECT) which provide information about the functional status of brain may be more helpful in determining the brain dysfunction in individuals with Asperger's Disorder. Detailed neuropsychological testing may support these findings providing information about the performances of individual right or left hemispheric brain regions. The first SPECT study in a patient with Asperger's Disorder was published by the host of this page and his colleagues, and found left parietooccipital hypoperfusion. Continuation of research in Asperger's Disorder with various brain imaging techniques in coordination with neuropsychological evaluation in larger samples is clearly needed in this area." because there is no supporting research at the present.
Now back to the NINDS "Fact Sheet:"
For example, one which one? study found a reduction of brain activity in the frontal lobe of AS children when they were asked to respond to tasks that required them to use their judgment they were probably thinking, "how did I ever get stuck in this laboratory with a bunch of weird people who think I'm the weird one?" Another study found differences in activity when children were asked to respond to facial expressions that proves it then. A different study investigating brain function in adults with AS previously you said there is no research that has proven AS exists in adults revealed abnormal levels of specific proteins that correlate with obsessive and repetitive behaviors. Are we talking AS or OCD? And remember, correlation is not causation! If the problem is proteins, then maybe the kid needs a nutritionist?
Scientists have always known that there had to be a genetic component to -- of course there is a genetic component... nature and nurture are always involved in everything human -- AS And the other ASDs because of their tendency to run in families. A prevalence of 2 out of 10,000 has allowed you to infer a genetic component? Please let me see that inferential research. If there are only 2 in 10,000, why are there six new fourth graders in each school site in America being diagnosed with this new cool "syndrome?" And why aren't their brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers being diagnosed? Oh, I forgot... they apparently are being diagnosed with this new cool "syndrome."
If you are the school psychologist diagnosing AS, you should feel highly privileged to come into contact with such a unique human being. Think about it... only 2 in 10,000 have this syndrome and you -- YOU -- are the chosen one. Hopefully, you will document, save, and publish all information from your case study so the rest of us can learn. I know that in over twenty years in the field I've never come across a child with AS (although I have seen many who have been misdiagnosed with it), nor have I ever suspected it... I'm anxiously awaiting further information related to this rare syndrome so I can effectively recognize it and diagnose it if and when this 1 in 5000 child comes along.
Additional evidence additional evidence? I haven't seen any evidence yet... do you believe any of this? for the link between inherited genetic mutations oh, now it's a genetic mutation? and AS was observed in the higher incidence of family members who have behavioral symptoms similar to AS but in a more limited form you mean they like to watch tv or surf the internet? For example, they had slight -- slight? You and I have slight difficulties with social interaction, language, or reading. slight? If it's a slight problem, it's not a disability.
A specific gene for AS, however, has never been identified OF COURSE IT HASN'T AND IT NEVER WILL BE. Instead, the most recent research which is? Please share... indicates that there are most likely most likely? This means you're just guessing, right? You're forwarding a hypothesis that has yet to be proven scientifically, right? Admit it!!! a common group of genes whose variations or deletions make an individual vulnerable to developing AS. This combination of genetic variations or deletions will determine the severity and symptoms for each individual with AS. or in other words, everyone falls somewhere on the normal curve. Some are better at throwing a baseball... some are worse.
How is it misdiagnosed? I can't wait to hear this one...
The diagnosis of AS is complicated I'd say! by the lack of a standardized diagnostic screen or schedule I know AS exists, I just have no reliable or valid way to diagnose it!!!!!!! Still, I'll keep misdiagnosing it 'cause I know it must exist and it's money in the bank for me. In fact, because there are several screening instruments in current use, each with different criteria, the same child could receive different diagnoses, depending on the screening tool the doctor uses. That's exactly what I'm saying -- do you realize that the student is AS in one school, ADHD in the next, SLD down the street, OCD across town, and biploar in the next county? Does that work for you? Apparently it does. Are you okay with that? I'm not.
To further complicate the issue, some doctors believe believe? BELIEVE? I thought this was a SCIENCE!!! that AS is not a separate and distinct disorder ahah! Instead, they call it high-functioning autism (HFA), and view it as being on the mild end of the ASD spectrum with symptoms that differ -- only in degree -- from classic autism oh. Some clinicians use the two diagnoses, AS or HFA, interchangeably I personally prefer TIABOS. This makes gathering data about the incidence of AS difficult duh since some children will be diagnosed with HFA instead of AS, and vice versa or whatever.
Most doctors I really don't care what these new DSM-IV doctors are doing -- why are school psychologists and IEP teams buying into any of this? rely on the presence of a core group of behaviors behaviors? Are we talking about behaviors or a faulty gene? to alert them to the possibility of a diagnosis of AS via the following definitive behavioral observations which most certainly will prove the child has AS. These are:
• abnormal eye contact that's always number one... maybe you haven't earned his respect
• aloofness maybe he's just better than us, you know, like an expert or little professor
• the failure to turn when called by name sounds like a syndrome to me; maybe he just doesn't like you
• the failure to use gestures to point or show sounds like a syndrome to me, eh? I always use gestures
• a lack of interactive play maybe he just wants to watch tv -- that's what Americans do, you know
• a lack of interest in peers maybe the other kids want to play baseball and he would rather play video games
Some of these behaviors maybe apparent in the first few months of a child’s life or not, or they may appear later maybe they will, maybe they won't. Problems in at least one of the areas of communication and socialization or repetitive, restricted behavior must be present before the age of 3 or what, you'll miss a chance to make a lot of money off of this kid and his family?
The diagnosis of AS is a two-stage process I can't wait to hear this one. The first stage begins with developmental screening during a “well-child” check-up with a family doctor or pediatrician. The second stage is a comprehensive team evaluation by who, the IEP team while the kid is in the fourth grade? If this is such a horrible disease (i.e., syndrome), why can't the doctor, who is apparently using the DSM-IV (i.e., not medical approaches), good enough to make the call? An IEPT can't make a decision any better than anyone else to rule in or out a nonexistent "syndrome" to either rule in or rule out AS. This team generally includes a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist, and additional professionals who have expertise in diagnosing children with AS. Does that sound like your IEP team? who is the "expert" at diagnosing AS in your district? the school nurse? the speech therapist? It ain't me. I've never seen or suspected an AS child. I guess the "experts" are the ones who are willing to get paid to diagnose it, just like the ADHD "experts."
The comprehensive evaluation includes neurologic and genetic assessment, with in-depth cognitive (an IQ test -- yep, he has normal intelligence all right!) and language testing (yep, he has language deficits all right) to establish IQ and evaluate psychomotor function, verbal and non-verbal strengths and weaknesses, style of learning, and independent living skills this won't ever happen in California. In California, a school psychologist will finally say, "yep, I heard about this AS, it looks like Aspergers to me!" There, you have it. An assessment of communication strengths and weaknesses includes evaluating non-verbal forms of communication (gaze and gestures); the use of non-literal language (metaphor, irony, absurdities, and humor); patterns of inflection, stress and volume modulation; pragmatics (turn-taking and sensitivity to verbal cues); and the content, clarity, and coherence of conversation. yeah, right, that'll happen. The physician will look at the testing results and combine them with the child’s developmental history and current symptoms to make a diagnosis. So the physician, apparently now using the DSM-IV, has final say over the IEP team's decision? Sounds like a great plan to me. I bet that will work well. I remain fascinated with your system. Please let me know how this two-step process is working for you.
Are there treatments available?
Are there "treatments" for Republicans? Are there "treatments" for Democrats? What will cure Spring Fever? Who will discover the cure for Senioritis? Is there a treatment for a .193 batting average? What can ever cure a shopaholic? What must be done to make this AS kid unweird?
"Tommy, can you hear me? Tommy? Tommy?"
Tommy (another wartime child), The Who, 1969
The ideal treatment for AS coordinates therapies that address the three core symptoms of the disorder: poor communication skills that would be speech therapy, obsessive or repetitive routines meds?, and physical clumsiness more time in the batting cage. There is no single best treatment package for all children with AS, but most do most professionals really agree on this? No one asked me professionals agree that the earlier the intervention, the better. Now there's some rocket science for you... hmmm. You can't ever go wrong recommending early interventions. Let's see what they are.
An effective treatment program builds on the child’s interests, offers a predictable schedule, teaches tasks as a series of simple steps, actively engages the child’s attention in highly structured activities, and provides regular reinforcement of behavior THIS IS HOW YOU RAISE ALL CHILDREN! THIS IS CALLED SOCIALIZATION AND SETTING LIMITS! IT'S WHAT LOVING PARENTS DO FOR THEIR CHILD! IT'S WHAT GOOD TEACHERS PROVIDE FOR THEIR STUDENTS! This kind of program generally includes:
• social skills training, a form of group therapy that teaches children with AS the skills they need to interact more successfully with other children 20 minutes per session, two sessions per week Be sure to exclude them from their peers to help them learn to interact more successfully with their peers...
• cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of “talk” therapy that can help the more explosive when did "explosive" come into it? You haven't mentioned "explosive" before... are we talking kids with intermittent explosive disorders or just kids who are angry that the adults all got together and decided to call them "weird?" or anxious children to manage their emotions better and cut back on obsessive interests "You have to stop thinking about toasters! You have to stop thinking about toasters! You have to stop thinking about toasters! and repetitive routines OMG
• medication, for co-existing conditions such as depression and anxiety Finally we're getting down to the nitty-gritty. Meds. That'll help the kid (and the economy, Big Pharma, and the one who prescribes them). He'll hyper down and the professionals can make money and the parents can get back to their television. Everyone will be happy. :-)
• occupational or physical therapy, for children with sensory integration problems or poor motor coordination since he can't pitch, hit, or play the outfield
• specialized speech/language therapy, to help children who have trouble with the pragmatics of speech -- the give and take of normal conversation 20 minutes per session, two sessions per week, with an intern
• parent training and support, to teach parents behavioral techniques to use at home this gets the behaviorists into a position to make some pretty good bucks, eh? Everyone's coming out ahead.
Do children with AS get better? What happens when they become adults?
With effective treatment (without effective treatment, he might never reach the major leagues), children with AS can learn to cope with their disabilities, but they may still find social situations and personal relationships challenging just like you and me, especially if we live in the U.S. Many adults with AS I thought there was no research to support adults with AS are able to work successfully in mainstream jobs so AS is not really a problem after all, although they may continue to need encouragement and moral support to maintain an independent life. just like you and me
What research is being done? I'm not sure I can go on...
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is one of the federal government’s that's all we need -- still another disability invented by our government leading supporters of biomedical research on brain and nervous system disorders sounds like someone's making a lot of money. The NINDS conducts research in its laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland and awards grants to support research (I wonder if they would award me a grant? I might be able to prove that there is no such thing as AS. Maybe I'll apply...) at universities and other facilities. Many of the Institutes at the NIH, including the NINDS, are sponsoring research to understand what causes AS maybe they should first research whether or not AS even exists? and how it can be effectively treated. All right, sounds great so far.... maybe they can convince even me, a skeptical social scientist, that 2 out of 10,000 students have AS... let's see if they can:
One study is using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to show how abnormalities in particular areas of the brain cause changes in brain function that result in the symptoms of AS and other ASDs I wonder how that'll turn out? Another large-scale study is comparing neuropsychological and psychiatric oh no, by psychiatric, do you mean they're using the DSM-IV? assessments of children with possible diagnoses of AS or HFA to those of their parents and siblings to see if there are patterns of symptoms that link AS and HFA to specific neuropsychological profiles. You can always find correlations in family studies. You know, something like, "Dad developed a keen interest in kayaking -- I developed a keen interest in computer programming... wow! Can you believe it? We both developed keen interests! We both have AS! Like father like son. What are the chances of that? Probably something like only 2 out of 10,000! Wow!
NINDS is also supporting a long-range international study that brings together investigators to collect and analyze DNA samples from children with AS and HFA, as well as their families, to identify associated genes and how they interact. Called the Autism Genome Project, that sounds impressive -- that convinces me! it’s a consortium of scientists from universities, academic centers, and institutions around the world that functions as a repository for genetic data so that researchers can look for the genetic “building blocks” of AS and the other ASDs. ...and, ultimately, through consensus, determine what AS truly is.
Since there are so many different forms of ASD I thought there were only two -- is that really proven, or just your assumption? You haven't yet convinced me, understanding the genetic basis of each belief opens the door to opportunities for more money precise diagnosis I hope so and treatment. Knowing the genetic profile sounds like an advertisement for neuropsychs of a particular disorder is it a disorder, syndrome, condition, mutation, behavior, or what? could mean early identification of those at risk, and early intervention when treatments and therapies are likely to be the most successful for this imaginary syndrome.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on neurological disorders or research programs funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, contact the Institute's Brain Resources and Information Network
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
UPDATE (July 10th, 2019): NINDS has a new "Fact Sheet" (September, 2015), this time covering the Autism Spectrum Disorder (no mention of Aspergers and no apologies). You can review it here.
*Note: with the new DSM-V, the APA is now going to say that Aspergers is instead autism? A form of autism? Mild autism? Or some new clever explanation... is it autism, mild autism, something else along an invented "spectrum?" They're just guessing and they should be ashamed of themselves. I hope you skeptically read stuff from these people. I guess I was right on this one, eh? And I'm right on most of these invented disabilities (the list goes on and on -- ADHD, internet addiction, gender identity confusion...) in the DSM from our friends in the clinical field who are hoping to get your kid into a lifetime of therapy and on a schedule of medications to make a lot of people rich. Don't believe me... just read this stuff and think... and remember how much money is involved in these ongoing grants to study these, um, um, new disabilities.
Additional information related to the misdiagnosis of invented disabilities is always available at www.xpsych.com.
Positive Recommendation: School and mental health professionals are encouraged to have some sort of scientific evidence at your disposal when you forward your diagnosis. Take a professional and ethical stand right now and refuse to diagnose Aspergers unless and until there exists any kind of real science or research to back it up.
Epilogue (July, 2019): Well, ten years have passed and the situation hasn't gotten any better. Every year we keep getting [a lot of] parent referrals for their fourth graders hoping to find A$D. In fact, there's, um, more confusion than ever. XP is still Mad As Hell (and you should be too). There will no doubt be a MAH, Part II coming soon...
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