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Myrtonos

Maternal warmth and serverity

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Myrtonos

Now, I know the theory that autism is caused by a lack of maternal warmth is now discarded. So why then was there a lack of warmth among the parents of autistic children as far as Leo Kanner knew when he first identified it. Could it be that lack of maternal warmth does increase the (apparent) severity of autism? I mean all this with the best possible taste.

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Dr-David-Banner

I have been somewhat down over the last few days and trying not to let it unsettle me. My mother is now 87 and has collapsed three times. My aunt has tried to build bridges because she rightfully feels it would be sad for my mother to pass away still with a rift in place. Yet it is now abundantly clear my mother can't accept an autistic son when she has another who is normal. I have therefore had to opt to stay away as somehow she gets highly strung when I visit. Much of this has made me feel kind of cruel and heartless but the truth is there are clear issues my mother has - my guess is non acceptance. I never told family I was autustic high functioning. They definitely notice my lack of emotion and the fact I spend my time alone. The pioneer of autism research Grunya Sukhareva did connect family, mother or environment to autism but physical illnesses also factor in. I suspect actual causes may vary or maybe combine. Also we don't know if family strain leads to autjsm in some cases or is caused by the autism itself. My case is just like the TV episode of The Hulk where a girl is not accepted by her mother for not being neurotypical and nornal. All I can say is I have many faults and short-comings but U don't exploit or hurt people or push drugs. I struggle to see what is so terribly bad about being wired differently. 

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