Autism, addiction and many other kinds of disorder are now found to be impressed in the genetic material of the brain as a unique signature that bears witness to past trauma to the brain.
On 17/11/10 Yale School of Medicine has published an informative article with regard to the signature associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Whereas to medical science these patterns of genetic disorder appear to have random meaning, this is because they are looking at ASD as if they are caused by spontaneous gene mutation, when in fact these signatures of disorder are caused by patterns of trauma that cause genetic damage, which leads to symptoms of autism and addiction.
The findings of the Yale School of Medicine enquiry only really make sense if you seek common causes for these signature genetic variations, in the environment. These malfunctioning genes are not inherited from the parents of the child. Somewhere between conception and the date they are tested, trauma has occured. The proof of this is in the brain’s biochemical responses, the pattern of its reaction.
In a relational field, where there are different dynamics of power play, such as in the family environment, there are only ever three possible outcomes to a situation where the brain is exposed to stress.
If power play is approximately equivalent you get areas of brain function which are under pressure but are slightly depressed. It is more energy efficient to defend against persistent pressure from a slightly depressed position – what is the point in wearing yourself out with anxiety if the position is not going to change. Both autistics and their siblings have areas in the brain that represent a slightly depressed “holding” position. Trait markers mean the pressure is there but the children are defending adequately.
Only the autistics suffer the markers for the autistic “state”. In those areas of the brain affected, the autistic kids have given in to the pressure – brain function and related activity is suppressed, compressed – call it what you will – in those areas of potential function – the child is effectively dead. These dead areas do not appear in siblings of autistic children – otherwise they too would be classified as autistic.
The third possible response to persistent and chronic pressure is the third variant in the study – it is the marker in the brain for excess “activity”, these are the siblings without autism, who have survived and overcome the trauma and the potential threat of autism.
Autism is not deliberately inflicted, no one has much choice. If a child wriggles when you want it to be still with a ferocious mental intensity – it is very easy to will the child into a submissive position, to destroy their will to move, by threatened loss of relationship, withdrawal of “love” until compliance is achieved.
This is unfortunately routinely done by parents and a general environment which lack capacity to adapt to the unique and individual needs of the developing infant child. Poised between loss and compliance, early autistic anxiety sees only one way – the way of the dominant other.
The autistic infant child makes the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love – it gives up a part of itself to please (or appease) the dominant other.
The best way to deal with autism, and give addict help for addiction is to provide holistic counseling – and bring release from pressure. Holistic counseling for the toxic relationships that cause the traumatic “signature” will relieve the emotional pain of autism and give addict help.
The same principles apply to holistic practice and counseling methods that give addict help for addiction, other “genetic” diseases, and the proper treatment of autism.
The whole idea that people on the autism spectrum are “affectively dead” in certain functions is a bunch of hooey! It’s not true, because people can and do develop other parts of the brain to compromise for that, and many people on the autism spectrum also lead normal lives; they have jobs, interests, they’re artists, etc., pay taxes and own/rent homes, and do many, if not most of what so-called Neurotypical people do.