The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

a new face for autism, again

Miss Montana 2012 Alexis Wineman, photo courtesy of the Wineman FamilyFinally I found our what exactly what Miss Montana Alexis Wineman was diagnosed with. As I suspected, she’s got Aspergers Syndrome.

“Alexis Wineman, 18, from Cut Bank, was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder and borderline Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 11.”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2259242/Alexis-Wineman-Miss-America-hopeful-opens-life-autism-makes-bid-national-title.html

Autism’s a imbalance in the brain chemistry —

  1. not a disorder in the person’s psyche like shock or trauma
  2. and not any other nonsense many ignorant buffoons in the medical community, “big pharma” and federal government want us to believe.

This chemistry imbalance causes

  1. inability to speak, social interaction and other faculties normal to others

    norm, also called Social Norm, rule or standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group. Norms may be internalized–i.e., incorporated within the individual so that there is conformity without external rewards or punishments, or they may be enforced by positive or negative sanctions from without. The social unit sharing particular norms may be small (e.g., a clique of friends) or may include all adult members of a society. Norms are more specific than values or ideals: honesty is a general value, but the rules defining what is honest behaviour in a particular situation are norms.
    There are two schools of thought regarding why people conform to norms. The functionalist school of sociology maintains that norms reflect a consensus, a common value system developed through socialization, the process by which an individual learns the culture of his group. Norms contribute to the functioning of the social system and are said to develop to meet certain assumed ‘needs’ of the system. The conflict school holds that norms are a mechanism for dealing with recurring social problems. The Marxian variety of conflict theory states that norms reflect the power of one section of a society over the other sections and that coercion and sanctions maintain these rules. Norms are thought to originate as a means by which one class or caste dominates or exploits others. Neither school adequately explains differences between and within societies.
    also called Social Norm, rule or standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group. Norms may be internalized–i.e., incorporated within the individual so that there is conformity without external rewards or punishments, or they may be enforced by positive or negative sanctions from without. The social unit sharing particular norms may be small (e.g., a clique of friends) or may include all adult members of a society. Norms are more specific than values or ideals: honesty is a general value, but the rules defining what is honest behaviour in a particular situation are norms.
    Norm is also used to mean a statistically determined standard or the average behaviour, attitude, or opinion of a social group. In this sense it means actual, rather than expected, behaviour.”

    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/418203/norm

  2. seizures, tics, muscular atrophy or similar disorders, digestive disorders like malabosorsion (not necessarily cataloged as celiac disease)

    celiac disease, also called nontropical sprue or celiac sprue, an inherited autoimmune digestive disorder in which people cannot tolerate gluten, a protein constituent of wheat, barley, malt, and rye flours. General symptoms of the disease include the passage of foul, pale-coloured stools (steatorrhea), progressive malnutrition, diarrhea, decreased appetite and weight loss, multiple vitamin deficiencies, stunting of growth, abdominal pain, skin rash, and defects in tooth enamel. Advanced disease may be characterized by anemia, osteoporosis, vision disturbances, or amenorrhea (absence of menstruation in women).”
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/101365/celiac-disease

  3. as well as numerous other secondary disorders that are often treated outside mainstream (normal“rule or standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group”Encyclopedia Britanica, full explanation above) medicine.

I understand what living with a chemical imbalance in the brain can is like. Living with ADD can be a painful experience, at times, as well as a gift.

“attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a behavioral syndrome characterized by inattention and distractibility, restlessness, inability to sit still, and difficulty concentrating on one thing for any period of time. ADHD most commonly occurs in children, though an increasing number of adults are being diagnosed with the disorder. ADHD is three times more common in males than in females and occurs in approximately 3 to 6 percent of all children. Although behaviours characteristic of the syndrome are evident in all cultures, they have garnered the most attention in the United States, where ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorder.
It was not until the mid-1950s that American physicians began to classify as ‘mentally deficient’ individuals who had difficulty paying attention on demand. Various terms were coined to describe this behaviour, among them minimal brain damage and hyperkinesis. In 1980 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) replaced these terms with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Then in 1987 the APA linked ADD with hyperactivity, a condition that sometimes accompanies attention disorders but may exist independently. The new syndrome was named attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.”

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/279477/attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-ADHD/

I remember telling my mom that I could process two different thoughts at any given time. She quickly responded that humans can’t do that. Ever since, I understood that I wasn’t normal or that my mom wasn’t normal. It turns out that I’m not normal (“rule or standard of behaviour shared by members of a social group”Encyclopedia Britanica, full quote above). For example, I get bored and distracted easily. Hence I’m always doing or need to do several things at the same time. One activity that may be normal for many inhabitants of NYC is riding the subway. I get anxious if I’m not at least listening to music and doing something else like reading, writing or playing some game on my phone. As mentioned, it can also be a gift since I can process a secondary thought especially when in danger while also fully aware of the first thought.

If I seem to emphasize on the term normal to much, understand that society creates these rules and behaviors is not often aware of them simply accepting them as part of its reality.

By the way, Alexis don’t sue me for using your picture. I hope you win this coming Saturday, the 12th.

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