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I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

On medicating everything or nothing

The society we live in is often obsessed with labeling everything, and with having a pill for everything. There are lots of problems with the way we handle this. Someone doing their research on what might help with the problems they are having, finding a label and a medication that fit and help, and deciding it is the best thing for themself is totally fine. I have no issue with that. Really. And if you'd rather use introspection and holistic methods and stay far away from labels, and that works for you, that's totally fine to. I have no issue with that either. Really.
It's when you start pushing everyone else to have the same opinion and choices on labels and medications that you have that I've got a problem with it.
It's when you misinterpret the science behind mental differences to prove your opinion that I've got a problem with it.
It doesn't matter which opinion you have: If you do those things, I will call you out. Especially if the person you are pushing is a kid who can't fight back, and you are willing to call child services on the parents if they decide they agree with their kid.
Sometimes medication helps. Sometimes it doesn't help. Sometimes it hurts. Do your research. Be willing to try something else if it doesn't help. Be willing to try it if nothing else works. Whatever. Don't shame people who find it to be the best thing. Go right ahead and judge people who use it to abuse others, chemical restraints on others, that kind of thing, though.

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