Autism (Psychological Disorders) by Heather Barnett Veague

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Autism in Adults Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder. This means that: (1) autism is diagnosed in childhood; and (2) autism affects the way in which children’s cognitive and social skills develop. What does this mean for the autistic adult? Does autism continue across the lifespan or does it “get better” as we age? Unfortunately, autism is a lifelong condition. That is not to say that someone with autism cannot learn to live with its challenges. Early intervention, a good educational foundation, and a strong support network can help adults with autism learn to live satisfying and productive lives.

ECT is still used today, although its use is generally limited to people with treatment-resistant mood disorder. Another controversial treatment of autism was lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD. LSD is a hallucinogenic drug, meaning it elicits sensory experiences in the absence of actual stimuli. Today, it is an illegal substance, used recreationally and pseudo-therapeutically. indb 50 10/19/09 8:02:26 AM Treatment of Autism: Intervention and Education 51 use as a therapeutic agent, a small group of individuals believe it can help people get in touch with their “actual” selves.

Indb 45 10/19/09 8:02:21 AM 46 Autism (continued) a misunderstood young child, and illuminates the isolation of autism. ” Nobody, Nowhere In a room without windows In the company of shadows You know they won’t forget you They’ll take you in. Emotionally shattered, Don’t ask if it mattered Don’t let that upset you Just start again. In a world under glass You can watch the world pass And nobody can touch you You think you’re safe. But the wind can blow cold, In the depths of your soul Where you think nothing can hurt you, Until it’s too late.

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