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Thomas Szasz

January 2, 2008

Through the 1970s, all children on the spectrum (including aspies), were diagnosed with schizophrenia, childhood type.

These days, the definition of schizophrenia has been greatly narrowed. Schizophrenics have difficulty distinguishing reality from illusion and may have delusions of grandeur or auditory hallucinations. Those conditions are not a part of the spectrum of autisms.

There are some psychiatric patients right groups which argue that schizophrenia simply does not exist – and that mental illness does not exist. Many of them rely upon the views of Thomas Szasz, M.D.:

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