I’m not a psychologist nor a psychiatrist. I took a couple of general psych courses in college and will once in a while look at psychology articles to see what’s going on out there in the big, bad world. Because it is a crazy world. The propagation of mass media and 24-hour news means that we are well aware of all the evil things going on all the time everywhere. If you get halfway curious about the drug wars in Mexico, civil wars in Africa, or what is going on in Crimea/Ukraine, you can get all the gory details. And the details can get very gory.
Because of the nature of my work as an epidemiologist, and where I worked, I’ve seen dead people. I’ve seen people who had just died, who were long dead, and those who were in the process of dying. I’ve also had to interact with their relatives, which can be even harder. At least the dead person is dead and not suffering anymore. Their relatives, on the other hand, are still living and feeling the sense of loss of their loved one. It’s rough.
This is why I get seriously bothered when people equate a child with autism to a child that is (or should be) dead. When they say that medical interventions, e.g. vaccines (of course), that have been proven by all objective measures to save lives and keep parents from grieving their children are actually tools to maim and/or kill children, I get more than a little riled up. My blood boils when imagery of death is used to describe the vaccination program and when words like “holocaust” are applied to the non-existent autism epidemic. Continue reading