I grew up in NJ. They’re quick to notice any oddities in kids and strongly recommend the parents ‘do something about it’. In my case, I got biofeedback and guided meditation in the early 1980s for ‘Generalized Anxiety Disorder” as she didn’t want me on pills. It worked. Coping skills I use daily. In retrospect, I’m probably autistic spectrum but at the time, autism was spinning plates and non-verbal only. I’m glad they broadened it in the early 1990s so more can get help. Long story short: suburban areas seek conformity, looking for outliers and try to ‘normalize’. This has its good and bad parts, particularly with the aggressive treatments that tend to be the only things that get big funding. BUT, it’s something.

I grew up in NJ. They’re quick to notice any oddities in kids and strongly recommend the parents ‘do something about it’.

In my case, I got biofeedback and guided meditation in the early 1980s for ‘Generalized Anxiety Disorder” as she didn’t want me on pills.

It worked. Coping skills I use daily.

In retrospect, I’m probably autistic spectrum but at the time, autism was spinning plates and non-verbal only. I’m glad they broadened it in the early 1990s so more can get help.

Long story short: suburban areas seek conformity, looking for outliers and try to ‘normalize’.

This has its good and bad parts, particularly with the aggressive treatments that tend to be the only things that get big funding. BUT, it’s something.

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