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In Defense of Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is the sixteen year old woman who has been touring the US in the last several weeks, talking about climate change. She is on the autism spectrum. I have seen horrible, nasty things said about her and I must challenge the mean, ignorant statements being made. I do not agree with her position on climate change. I am on the autism spectrum. Not to be condescending, I will refer to her as Greta throughout this piece. Just because it is the easiest way. Greta is on the autism spectrum. While it is no longer the name of a diagnosis in the United States, she has what is called Asperger’s. She is not suffering from Asperger’s. Her brain, like mine, is wired just a bit differently than most people. It is no more a handicap or a reason to mock and belittle than is being left handed. She has discussed her health and has stated that she has been diagnosed with an eating disorder, OCD, depression, and selective mutism. All of these are often diagnosed in persons on the spectrum. Eating disorders are often co-occurring with anxiety. Selective mutism and OCD are related to anxiety. People on the spectrum often experience one or more psychiatric comorbidities. A mental illness, however, in and of itself, does not invalidate Greta’s arguments and beliefs. She does not seem to be experiencing any sort of delusional illness, just “common” conditions that many others on the spectrum also experience. Pointing to her mental illness…

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