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Psychiatry Has Become A Dangerous Part Of American Pop Culture
The other day I was watching the local news in my area, and a news reporter introduced a story about teenagers diagnosing themselves with obscure mental disorders based upon TikTok video suggestions. Autism has become popular among the variety of mental disorders that are a part of this same trend. Below is a news clip regarding this same troubling set of events.
Teenagers Are Engaging In The Dangerous Trend Of Self-Diagnosing
Now, it is bad enough that we have fathers here in our nation who have Asperger's by proxy and constantly attempt to shove the "Asperger's Syndrome" fairy tale down the throats of their children, usually their sons. However, it is beyond my comprehension why any teenage kid would want to attach a psychiatric label to themselves merely to satisfy a trend happening on the TikTok platform. Our nation has an epidemic of mental-health professionals misdiagnosing patients to line their own pockets, and these youngsters are opening themselves up to such exploitation and fraud.
Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut back in 2012, theories have been floating around everywhere on the Internet that the late Adam Lanza may have been an incest survivor. Lateresa A. Jones explains these theories in her online article titled "The Real Truth behind Adam Lanza." Like Ms. Jones, most theorists believe that the late Nancy Lanza, the late Adam Lanza's mother, has to have been the culprit if such theories were true.
My response to these theories is that I do not rule them out. However, it is my humble opinion that if anyone sexually abused the late Adam Lanza during his childhood, it was not his mother but rather his father, Peter Lanza. He has all the telltale signs of a controlling parent, and it could explain the reason why the late Adam Lanza was estranged from him for two years up until the young man's death in 2012.
In my article titled "Does The Late Adam Lanza's Father Have Asperger's By Proxy?," I lay out all the reasons that I believe that it was not the late Adam Lanza who committed the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012 and I stress my contention that his father, Peter Lanza, has Asperger's by proxy. Interestingly enough, Journal of the Bizarre published an online article titled "Adam Lanza Did NOT Kill Nancy Lanza: The Definitive Proof" attesting that someone other than the late Adam Lanza murdered his mother and the 26 individuals at Sandy Hook Elementary School on that fateful day in December of 2012. That online article also mentions that the late Adam Lanza may have been a victim of child sexual abuse but that it was not at the hands of his own mother.
If you read my article titled "Don't Fall For The Asperger's Syndrome Fairy Tale," you'll remember that there was a true story therein about about how a woman named Rita Kaplan and her husband were coerced into putting their son, Jesse Kaplan, into psychiatric therapy and eventually into "Asperger's Syndrome" treatment with tragic results. Therein the journalist who authored the article, Brian Ball, stated that "Asperger's Syndrome" was not a real disorder but rather a "falsehood invented by the left to deprive us of our freedom and liberty. At the same time to target innocent people and to help government employees, enemies of our republic to profit at the expense of others. Asperger's syndrome is not real."
Well, as a skeptic of the concept and the theory of "Asperger's Syndrome" myself, I am here to debunk this same aberration of junk science in that it is nothing more than a fairy tale. I will do so by citing reported symptoms of "Asperger's Syndrome" from Kimberly Holland's online article titled "Understanding Asperger’s Symptoms in Adults." What I find disturbing is that the majority of these described symptoms are identical and/or similar to those of adult child-abuse survivors. For the record, keep in mind that whenever I refer to adult child-abuse survivors herein, I am also including incest survivors; and whenever I refer to child abuse, I am including incest in that description.
Aspergians Allegedly Have Repetitive Behavior
Okay. So what if someone has a routine? Perhaps that individual is more disciplined than others. Certainly everyone struggling with their weight would like to engage in repetitive behavior in the form of whatever exercise and good eating habits he or she needs in order to get their body back to normal.
Ms. Holland even states in her above-cited article that just because someone engages in this type of behavior does not mean that that individual has "Asperger's Syndrome." Most of us find nothing wrong with anyone having some kind of order and stability in their life. Therefore, already I cannot buy into this "Asperger's Syndrome" fairy tale.
Aspergians Are Allegedy Unable To Understand Emotional Issues
If someone has difficulties when asked to interpret social or emotional issues, such as grief or frustration, it doesn't mean that they have autism. It could very well be that that person suffered so much abuse at the hands of a parent or an elder that they have become too desensitized to interpret social or emotional issues.
A person's history of being abused as a child could also explain their emotional outbursts. It is concerning that many child-abuse survivors have been misdiagnosed with "Asperger's Syndrome" once some greedy shrink is brought into the picture.
Aspergians Allegedly Exhibit "First-Person Focus"
Ms. Holland reports in her above-cited article that adults with "Asperger's Syndrome" may struggle to see the world from another person's perspective. That description to me doesn't appear to pertain to someone with autism but rather someone who could be stubborn and opinionated for one reason or another.
If someone has a hard time reacting to actions, words, and behaviors with empathy or concern, it doesn't mean that they have high-functioning autism. It could be that the abuse they suffered as children at the hands of their parents or other elders could have adversely affected their ability to feel or express emotions.
Aspergians Allegedly Have An Abnormal Response To Sensory Stimuli
A person's hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensations can easily be a result of someone having suffered numerous beatings as a child at the hands of a parent or an elder. If that person vividly recalls the pounding of their father's footsteps right before their father violently hit them with a belt, that person may become easily annoyed or even perturbed from hearing the sound of loud footsteps as a result of their emotional scars from that ordeal in their childhood.
Once again autism has nothing to do with yet another characteristic believed to be attributable to "Asperger's Syndrome." What is really going way too untreated in this country is Childhood Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder and child abuse itself. We can thank the mental-health profession for making it all possible for culprits of child abuse to get away with their transgressions now that these same culprits have the autism spectrum behind which they can hide.
Aspergians Allegedly Encounter Social Difficulties
Our nation has become very impersonal in recent years as compared with years past. If someone is not a social butterfly by nature, it doesn't mean that they fall on the autism spectrum. It could be a result of their immediate environment. For example, if they live in a high-crime area, they're not going to go out into the street and try to strike up a friendly conversation with every stranger they meet.
Some regions of our nation are more personable than others. If someone lives in a friendly, little town in the mid-West, they're not going to encounter as much difficulty forming friendships as someone who moves to a vast metropolis like Philadelphia or Boston.
"Small talk" is not everybody's talent. I've met a whole host of people who were not good at small talk, and these individuals were not autistic. Adult child-abuse survivors can easily become socially challenged, because they simply do not know whom to trust. Anna Runkle gives extensive information about this problem in her videos on her YouTube channel named Crappy Childhood Fairy. The autism spectrum has nothing to do with it.
Aspergians Allegedly Have Speech Difficulties
In her above-cited article, Ms. Holland claims that it's not unusual for adults with "Asperger's Syndrome" to have robotic or repetitive speech. Unless Ms. Holland is referring to low-functioning autistic people who are virtually non-verbal therein, I don't see how the autism spectrum factors into this same characteristic.
If someone is a survivor of child abuse, I would think that their emotional scars that make it difficult for them to trust anyone might even adversely affect their ability to communicate properly with others. For example, they may stutter inasmuch as they don't know whether they can trust someone with whom they're speaking. They don't need to go into "Asperger's Syndrome" testing and treatment. They need for justice to be served against the individuals who harmed them during their childhood.
So, Ms. Holland believes that adults with "Asperger's Syndrome" have difficulties moderating their voice for environments. I met a multitude of people who fitted that description during the four years that I lived in New York. Would they all fall on the autism spectrum? I don't think so.
Everyone is raised differently and educated differently about manners and etiquette. So far the theory and the concept of "Asperger's Syndrome" is losing my fact-checking assessment.
Aspergians Allegedly Have Below-Average Nonverbal Skills
Ms. Holland contends that adults with "Asperger's Syndrome" may not pick up on nonverbal cues from others, such as hand gestures, facial expressions, or body language. Really?
According to Anna Runkle, adult child-abuse survivors with Childhood Post-Traumatic Syndrome Disorder have a difficult time reading people. Additionally, Ms. Runkle states that this same characteristic can easily be mistaken for autism. I have embedded Ms. Runkle's YouTube video in my article titled "Warning Signs That Your Father May Have Asperger's By Proxy."
Ladies and gentlemen? The "Asperger's Syndrome" fairy tale has way too many traps that can lure anyone into its dangerous vortex. We all need to be aware of those same traps, because none of us want to meet that same fate ourselves. It's a very scary ride, and it will only take you down if you're unfortunate enough to experience it.
Aspergians Allegedly Lack Eye Contact With Others
These so-called experts like Ms. Holland get me so furious whenever they bring up their contention that being unable to make eye contact most of the time indicates that someone either has a psychiatric illness or is autistic. If you suffered any form of child abuse at the hands of a parent or an elder, I can guarantee you that you will experience at least some difficulty making eye contact with others. A child-abuse survivor gets into the habit of being prepared to shield their face, especially their eyes, in case someone is getting ready to strike them.
Once again these child-abuse survivors don't need to be tested and treated for "Asperger's Syndrome." They need for justice to be served against the individuals who ruined their childhood.
Now, I completely get it. If you're planning on working in sales or anything else that requires that you make aggressive facial contact with prospective customers, then, yes, you are going to need to work on making good eye contact with others. The only exception to that situation would be, of course, if you're planning on working in a call center where you won't have any visual contact with your prospects or customers.
Nevertheless, I wish that mental-health professionals would stop bringing up this characteristic of poor eye contact to justify their demonization of less fortunate individuals as certifiable head cases. It only goes to show you how dishonest many of these shrinks can be.
Aspergians Are Allegedly Clumsy
A number of people are clumsy, and they don't necessarily fall on the autism spectrum. If a person has a difficult time walking or sitting, it could very well be that he or she suffers from knee pain or other forms of joint pain. Mental-health professionals seem to nitpick at everything as a prospective sign of autism or the likes.
If someone has difficulty opening an envelope or tying a shoe, that person could very well need new eyeglasses or contact lenses. Expensive and involving "Asperger's Syndrome" testing and treatment is not going to add honey to their lives.
Aspergians Allegedly Become Obsessed With A Specific Topic
In her above-cited article, Ms. Holland claims that it’s not uncommon for people to have hyperfocus as a symptom of "Asperger's Syndrome." That is, they get easily hooked on a topic and draw others into their conversation about it. Did it ever occur to any of these so-called experts that this tendency could be a product of occupational hazard, which happens to the best of us?
Mental-health professionals appear to be obsessed with discovering new, inventive ways of misdiagnosing patients with "Asperger's Syndrome." Could it be that most mental-health professionals have "Asperger's Syndrome"?
I won't refer to the positive symptoms that Ms. Holland cites of "Asperger's Syndrome" in her above-cited article. This diagnosis should not be in the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ("DSM-5") in any way, shape, or form. More bad than good comes from it as I have explained in other articles of mine here on this same writing platform. You're free to read the above-cited article if you wish.
Adults Whose Fathers Have Asperger's By Proxy Are In The Most Danger
Ms. Holland's above-cited article reads:
Currently, there’s no specific test that can diagnose Asperger’s syndrome in adults. There are no current diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s syndrome in adults either . . . If you believe you have autism spectrum disorder, discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider. You may be referred to a specialist, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, who can assess your behaviors and symptoms, and help determine if you have AS or another ASD.
In other words, if your father has Asperger's by proxy and he conveniently decides that you must have "Asperger's Syndrome" inasmuch as you do not fit his elitist mold of neurotypical behavior, you are essentially throwing yourself to the wolves in the event that you comply with your father's wishes to enter into "Asperger Syndrome" testing and treatment. What makes it even worse is that the mental-health professional (a psychologist or a psychiatrist) who gets hold of your life could get you hooked on psychotropic drugs. It's not a desirable place for you to end up. Don't do it!
Other So-Called Experts Claim That Aspergians Have Difficulties In Holding Down A Job
The job market in the United States of America has frequently been unpredictable since a major recession hit in the early 1990s and later on once again in 2008 after the stock market crashed. Depending on what kind of skillset someone has and what's available around them as for employment, each and every individual's situation is going to be different.
We also have to consider the fact that many Americans have good work ethic, and yet they may end up in a situation where their superiors at work pull rank and even treat them abusively. Our culture has a strange inclination always to blame the employee whenever a tyrannical boss wrongfully terminates them. We also have to consider the possibility that someone in the job market may live in a state jurisdiction that doesn't have very many laws on the books to protect them from unscrupulous employers.
The autism spectrum does not have the solution to everyone's employment-related problems. If you're between jobs and your Asperger's-by-proxy father insists that you must have "Asperger's Syndrome" because of the predicament that you're in, you do not need to be splurging what little money you may still have on some psychiatrist who is only going to complicate your life further than before. Tell your father to mind his own business.
So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. I just debunked the "Asperger's Syndrome" fairy tale in one article here of mine. I admit that I am not a doctor but rather a layman. However, I have researched into this topic enough to know that the mental-health profession is making an obscene amount of money off of a supposed neurological, developmental disorder that is controversial in nature and is a mere theory and concept based upon conflicting information in different medical publications.
Low-functioning autism is clearly real. Whenever we are in public and we see someone with it, we know that that person is not neurotypical. However, high-functioning autism is highly questionable as for its authenticity. Greedy mental-health professionals couldn't care less, because they know that they're going to make a whole mint off of it. The simple fact that there is no official test to assess whether adults have "Asperger's Syndrome" should at least set alarms off in your head on whether or not "Asperger's Syndrome" is any more real than affluenza.
Where does this madness end? Currently, there are charlatans in the mental-health profession and self-proclaimed experts all over the Internet offering treatment for "high-functioning anxiety." This make-believe disorder does not even appear in the DSM-5. Therefore, anyone who seeks treatment for it is likely exposing themselves to just as much fraud and abuse as someone who does so for "Asperger's Syndrome," if not more so.
Arti Patel's article titled "‘High-functioning’ anxiety: it’s not a diagnosis, but many say it’s real" describes this same bogus diagnosis. What is all so mindboggling is that, like "Asperger's Syndrome," "High-Functioning Anxiety" is also gradually becoming a part of American pop culture. As a matter of fact, as described further back herein, teenage kids are actually self-diagnosing themselves with it.
The American Psychiatric Association ("A. P. A.") needs to police mental-health professionals for anything that has the words "high-functioning" in front of it. In any event, "Asperger's Syndrome" should be removed completely from the DSM-5 and cease from being a subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder. People are not really benefitting from it, and child-abuse survivors whose fathers have Asperger's by proxy are the most vulnerable to the fallout of this same so-called autistic disorder.
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