Autism Does Not = Shooter

  “People push you to your limits, but when you finally explode and fight back… You are the mean one.” Grateful to Westword for writing this piece about Logan, a local kid on the autism spectrum, who was bullied at school and fought back. Two years later he and his family are still in the courts battling an assistant DA with a clear bias towards people on the spectrum. Bullying too often is rewarded with victim shaming. Logan is a good kid; he’s great with younger kids and very tolerant of their invading his personal space. It is beyond maddening when people who are not neurotypical are demonized by the willfully ignorant and bias of others. It’s doubly so when those people are in positions of power, which make it their mission to create strife in the lives of individuals with mental health diagnoses and their families. The media does an excellent job of adding to this misunderstanding and fear,

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Bias in Medicine

Many of us have to deal with bias in medicine. We’re either female, too fat, too young, too…something, and therefore we’re drug seekers and complainers. Difficult patients.  Aubrey Hirsch has a wonderful comic about her experience as a woman looking for care. It can be incredibly difficult for people to be taken seriously in the world of healthcare, but you are not alone. Many people have trouble getting proper diagnoses and it certainly can take years to get answers. It’s far more easy for physicians to gaslight and brush of patients in the face of difficult diagnoses.