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Letters to the Editor
Not a Disease
Psychiatric News
Volume 39 Number 16 page 33-33

Although much of the article "High-Tech Tools Reveal Secrets of the Social Brain" in the July 2 issue was interesting, I must object to your referring to Asperger's syndrome as a "disease." The image that the word "disease" brings to mind is of an infected person with some contagion to be feared. Asperger's syndrome has no contagion and is lived with by as many as 1 in 200 people.

Those of us who live with this condition are ill at ease only with people who treat us as something to worry about. People who know that I'm autistic are either fine with it or fake it well enough that I haven't noticed any issues from it. People who do not know think of me either as" quirky" or a bit odd, but likeable. I am not dis-eased by this in any way. Perhaps the dis-ease is with those who are not autistic.

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