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Gifted? Autistic? Quirky?

“Paradoxically liberating.” That’s how Phil Schwarz of Framingham, Massachusetts described his diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. I just read about his story, entitled “Gifted? Autistic? Or Just Quirky?” in the Washington Post with a dropped jaw because I related to so much of it. In the process of finding the right label for Phil’s speech-delayed son, Jeremy (who was eventually diagnosed with high-functioning autism), Dad tried a label on himself, and it fit!
Click here to read the entire Washington Post article about the effects of labeling children (and adults) today.

  • Alison Whittington

    Excellent article. It hit home in many ways. Thank you.

  • Jennifer

    This line in the article bugs me: “It seems that America has fallen in love with the stamp of medical authority.”
    I have lived with anxiety since I was a young child- but until a therapist told me those words I didn’t understand the things I felt- many of them physical. I wondered if I was the only mother who was jittery after spending the afternoon at a children’s museum or trip to the grocery store. Thank goodness for someone who finally did diagnose me (oddly enough, other therapists never straight out told me a diagnosis)- I understand myself better and can explain things to my husband that I couldn’t even understand myself in the past.

  • Rhonda

    I am trying to find the original article that led me to Beyond Blue. I had a description of an HSP. I think I may have reached it thru It described me perfectly and I need to show it to my doctor.
    Please help

  • BeliefnetPat

    Hi Rhonda,
    This link goes to the articles Ms Borchard tagged as being about High Sensitivity. Let us know if you need more help!
    Asst Community Manager

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