The Autism Spectrum : Reflection Paper

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The Asperger’s Disorder in the Autism Spectrum: Reflection Paper Psychology 340: Fundamentals of Psychopathology Marie-Eve Lefebvre Concordia University The definition of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) says: “[…] considered to be the result of some structural differences in the brain that are usually evident at birth or become apparent as the child begins to develop.” (Butcher, Mineka, Hooley, Taylor & Antony, 2010) I am sure that modern discovery related to the development of the brain makes it easier to diagnose children with autism disorders today. What about adults that did not get this chance? In the 1970s, such discovery did not exist and autism was not known and classified as a disorder until 1994…show more content…
This could probably explain why my father had a lot of issues about accepting himself and not being ashamed of who he was. In this sense, the idea that my father could have had a mental issue was not something possible and acceptable in his family. Another thing that must be kept in mind is that, in the 1970s, seeking help for mental health was not as accepted than today, because of the importance of stigma. This stigma, which means the negative stereotype that can be followed by discrimination (CMHA, 2015), was something very common for my father. This resulted in many depressive periods experienced by my father, since he felt ashamed of himself for being mentally ill. After he got diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005 (when he was, in fact, suffering from the Asperger Syndrome), he suffered from a lot of rejection in his career. As described by Ruby Wax in her TED talk (2012), people do not see mental disorder as an illness like they would with a physical disability, but as something to fear. When he got diagnosed with Asperger disorder in 2010, he was considered as invalid to work. Not only he could not work at all, but he was also financially under compensated, which led to a precarious financial situation. Evidently, this decision only increased the intensity and duration of his depressive periods, since he became anxious about money and more

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