I found this article at Mad in America quite fascinating and on point. I hadn't heard the term pseudo-autism but it's exactly my experience too. I'm sharing the link to the article and my comment in response to the article here. ...
“What’s the point of awareness without empathy or understanding?” asks Emma Delzer? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I posted this a couple of years ago. At the time it was going to be shown in my town. Now it's being shown on PBS. I think it's well worth watching. Tomorrow night, PBS Premiere: July 29, 2013 - or, if you're like me and don't have cable - streaming online July 30-Aug 28. Anything that helps people rethink what "normal" means is good by me.
This article I'm excerpting from below is talking about a topic in reference to that which gets labeled autism, but the subject has implications for anyone with auto-immune issues as well as many sorts of phenomena that get labeled mental illness. As holistic beings this is with some frequency part of the picture that must be addressed for total well-being. I've been writing about diet and nutrition and healing the gut all with an emphasis on minimizing inflammation and how that is important for many people with psychiatric labels since the inception of this blog. This information is not new. It's new to the mainstream. It's been largely dismissed as "WOO." But now the New York Times is finally on getting on board. It's quite interesting to see how these ideas get (tentatively) introduced at these large publications. The fact that the implications here are much larger than they touch on should be noted. An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism
The Loud Hands Project is a publishing effort by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
I'm struck again and again at the vast arrogance among human beings who like to imagine they know what it is like to be another human being. This is a universal phenomena. Stop and think about how you do this too. We start changing this sort of bigotry by looking in our own hearts and seeing how we ourselves do it to others and stopping it. Becoming conscious will help us all heal together.
One of the most beautiful and touching films I've seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYkT_GndKtE It's about a family with a child who has a diagnosis of autism and the incredible healing journey they take together. How far would you travel to heal someone you love? An intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas... Continue Reading →