“Every parent of an autistic child — unless they are not being honest with themselves — worries that their child could do something to harm themselves or others. Especially as they get older because we live in such a violent culture, and these children can find it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality.”
Harold Kopelwicz, a renown New York child psychiatrist, said there are 15 million children and young adults who have a psychiatric disorder, including autism and Asperger’s. But it is a rare event when one of these individuals hurts other people. “The one thing we do know is that when people feel hopeless, that is the most important symptom that makes someone strike out against others and against themselves,” he noted. “Having Asperger’s disorder by itself doesn’t put one at higher risk for killing someone or killing themselves, but feeling socially isolated, feeling trapped, feeling educationally overwhelmed, feeling tremendous despair without any tools to get your way out of the box, can lead to any human being to desperate measures."
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