>This is a though provoking article I found on the relationship between depression/bipolar and autism in families.

We have an abundance of mental illness in our families. Depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder seem to hit four out of five relatives in both my family and E’s family. Very curious.

I suspect that some sort of neurological link exists. We know that depression and schizophrenia are manageable with medication. I suspect autism and “mental illness” might actually have some co-occrance and that the variation of manifesstations off autism and aspergers might result from the inteaction of a differently wired brain and plus variations in the levels and functioning of various neurotransmitters.

Could it be that our understanding of personality is not of a disease process,  but of a natural process created by gentic variation straight from our parents? Maybe.  It would be wonderful to relable “personality disorders” as some sort of a variation attributed to brain structure and processing.  For those who are social impared, or rather feel that there quality of life is impacted by their way of doing things ther could be wonderful news.  you could learn new ways of doing things more adaptive ways to funtion while at the same time maintaining your own specific gifts.  i think that this needs to be up to the individual to decide unless he or she is so impared that they present a danger to themselves or others.

Psychiatric disorder and the broad autism phenotype: evidence from a family study of multiple-incidence autism families.

Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City 52242-1000, USA. joseph-piven@uiowa.edu

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