An interesting look at the history of the #Autism Spectrum and its ties with mental illness

“It’s time to resolve this issue” indeed. Very, very well-written post. Good stuff!

the silent wave

The fact that the Asperger’s/autism spectrum has stubbornly been included in the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), despite its establishment as a neurodevelopmental atypicality, has always baffled me.

To truly understand the present, one must study the past.

While writing my last post about new proposed mental health legislation currently under consideration, I found something interesting: some historical information about the autism spectrum.

I’ll take you on a brief but scenic journey; I’m not acutely aware of any potential trigger warnings, but this post deals with the history of mental health, so do proceed with caution as needed.

In the beginning, autism was perceived to be a subset of schizophrenia, manifesting in early childhood.  The DSM (Diagnostics and Statistics Manual for Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, or APA) has indeed referenced the terms “autism”/”autistic” since its original release (the DSM-I) in 1952.  Except that…

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2 thoughts on “An interesting look at the history of the #Autism Spectrum and its ties with mental illness

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    Thank you humbly for another reblog! That is the kindest biggest compliment I can receive 😊

    I’m sorry that the formatting (especially near the end) is a bit horrendous; I really did try lol. As my mom says, it was “giving me worms” (a saying that gives me the creeps, even though it’s funny and true lol). I’m not very technological (although I try with that, too!). So eventually I said “meh” and gave up after a certain point. But I’m glad that the information and the message got out there. The association of autism with mental illness is kind of a picky spot for me, just because I’m semi-nerdy and perfectionistic 😊

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and I thank you again (and again) for all the generous reblogs. That kind of compliment means the world to me and I’m extremely grateful. ❤️❤️

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