Genetics research is not eugenics. Identity politics, autism, bipolar, disability.



My name is Xanthe Wyse. Diagnosed bipolar disorder (type 1 with full mania), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder. I am on meds and have had therapy for a few years for PTSD.

This video is related to the last one, which was about some of the behaviours of the Neurodiversity Movement, which has a lot of people with overinflated egos as representatives. Ironically, not very diverse as very intolerant of other people’s views.

With identity politics, I notice that people are welcomed into a group, so long as they do as they are told. But then ostracised and abused when they do even just one thing that goes against the dogma (which could be as simple as asking a question). Then, treated very badly.

Also notice that the people who screech that genetics is eugenics (they are meaning prenatal testing) are very stigmatised against those with severe mental illness and other conditions. They only want a ‘pure’ variation – which happens to be a made up social media version of what autism and ADHD are.

It can take a huge toll on someone’s mental health to be accepted into a group and then rejected and abused. I observe this all the time and I am also subjected to this abuse.

Genetics is an interesting subject. Nearly everything is studied, but some of these online activists are blowing things out of proportion. Also holding contradictory positions if they are ‘pro-choice’ when it comes to abortion, yet opposed to prenatal testing.

It will not be possible to get rid of autistic traits, despite the claims. Autism, bipolar etc are very complex and not identified by a single gene or chromosome. Researchers have been studying what are called SNPs – single nucleotide polymorphisms. A very small change in the DNA which usually makes no difference, but collectively can make a difference and be linked with some medical conditions and traits.

I wrote a blog post about how I analysed genetic risk from my AncestryDNA data. Showed what some of the risk values were for some studies for some things I have been diagnosed with.

http://www.bipolarcourage.com/bipolar-courage-blog/genetic-risk-traits-from-ancestry-dna

I forgot to mention that understanding genetic risk may be able to help with earlier diagnosis. Science is neutral. What one does with knowledge is an ethics issue.

Source: Youtube