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After being diagnosed with autism, I started researching the disorder as much as I could. Very obsessively, of course. 🙂 I was quite shocked to find out most people are sent home by their doctors/psychologists after being diagnosed.
Ok, in my country you can get some education about autism spectrum disorders, and if you’re lucky, you can find a psychiatrist that is willing to see if they can give you some medication, but that’s it. As an adult – being diagnosed ‘late’ – you are quite on your own.
Most books, help, doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists are focused on children with autism. Mostly male children. With very typical forms of autism (think: Rain Man).
So I was very happy to find out there was at least one, very well educated woman, who has autism and who did a very important discovery regarding deep depressure in humans: Temple Grandin.
HBO made a great movie about her life. Claire Danes portrays Temple Grandin; and I was stunned by her amazing performance.
Too bad this movie has never been shown in theaters (why?). It’s a must-see for everyone with (or without) autism. 🙂
I’ve found my ‘copy’ of the movie online, but it is also available on DVD at Amazon: