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  1. Dr-David-Banner

    A Woman I Met

    This was a bit of a coincidence. I was in another area helping out with something. The area is quite typical for people who have money who live in the country. You often see people riding horses and especially walking dogs. This lady was passing by and we ended up chatting for a time. She eventually started to tell me about her son who apparently has some autism condition. I was surprised how familiar these case histories tend to be. By now I've read scores of patient histories, mainly from the Soviet Union. These latter pretty much match the case histories described by Asperger himself in Vienna, Austria. First thing she mentioned was asphyxia during birth. This is quoted a lot by doctors. It seems a significant percentage of autism cases are triggered by some birth related trauma, be it infection and fever, or loss of oxygen during birth. Soviet doctors called this organic autism where it's thought the cause is some physical trauma to the brain. Despite that, autism is divided into groupings where the cause maybe something purely psychological or perhaps genetic. Anyway, her son totally fitted the biological type. His intelligence level was a bit below average with significant motor impairment (very clumsy and struggles with writing). His mother told me her son did collect volumes of information on his favourite subjects. Also he spends most of his time on his own and won't socialise. The other day I did actually see the two together out walking but no time to speak with both of them. Another odd fact you so often find: One family member tends to be intellectual and this is apparently an intellectual family. The mother is a doctor and possibly her brother was an outstanding academic in some field. Asperger himself pointed out pretty much most of the parents of the children he helped were odd but still socially functonal. Some neurologists noted you can have organic autism as well as the other type overlapping, That is very hard to diagnose as well. My own specific situation is too difficult for me to pinpoint as I'm not aware of any actual birth trauma. Despite that my actual symptoms would suggest the biological cause because my motor impairment is pretty severe to the point I couldn't drive or struggle with direction and orientation. One other symptom typical of biological autism is lack of purpose so that activities are carried out sort of randomly or in bursts at a time. Maybe I will see than again but of course I never mention my own issues to anyone.
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