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The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) just released a new report, showing that in fact 1 in every 68 children in the U.S. has autism. This is a 30% increase from just two years ago, when it was believed to be 1 in 88 children. They are saying that the more they understand the full spectrum of autism, the more they are finding children that fall somewhere on that spectrum. It's not a case of being a "rising epidemic" as much as it is we are just getting better at diagnosis.
After watching several videos explaining what autism is, I find the spectrum to be the most interesting part. Its very wide-ranging. Hell, I would probably be diagnosed with "slight autism", or whatever clinical term they use today under the newest understandings of the disease. And then there's that word, 'disease'. Seems harsh when you consider that half of the spectrum of autistic people are just introverted personality types.
Do you think, on the spectrum on autism, that they should be more strict when throwing around words like 'disease' when it comes to people that are just simply introverted? Maybe a better question, is introversion inherently a bad thing?