About: Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Dr. Dan L. Edmunds is an existential psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and autism specialist in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He holds many prestigious degrees, and is the author of "The Meeting of Two Persons: What Therapy Should Be" and "Being Autistic: An Approach Towards Understanding and Acceptance." Dr. Edmunds can be reached for consultation at batushkad@yahoo.com.

Recent Posts by Dr. Dan L. Edmunds

Schizophrenia and psychosis as states of chronic fear and terror

Fear leads to great emotional turmoil. Other so-called mental disorders also often arise from a sense of fear: a fear of individuals, a fear of society, a fear of having been hurt and possibly being hurt again, a fear of life, a fear of death, a fear of not understanding who we are or maybe even being afraid of discovering who we are or who we were, a fear of the uncertainty surrounding what we may become. A fear that maybe we are not a person, or our identity as a person. A fear of challenges, a fear of not knowing the answers, or maybe a fear of not understanding the question, or even a fear of not knowing what questions to ask.

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Different views on mental illness adopted by some professionals

What is termed “madness” or “mental illness” is for some the only means for expression of their being lost and confused in a world which has caused them deep hurt and pain. Such is not disease, but behavior with metaphorical meaning. People receive mixed messages throughout life and are placed into situations where they feel damned, regardless of the options they choose. They seek to break out from a reality that only causes them distress. The development of hallucinations and delusions can be metaphors for the very real demons they have encountered in a disordered society.

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New ways of relating to and understanding autism

Autism is not a disease or an entity. It is not something that we must seek out to eradicate. Rather, it is a mode of being, the word “autism” simply being an umbrella term to describe how one relates (or does not relate) to the world. When autism is viewed as an entity, a “thing,”   professionals are then led to develop programs that seek to transform the person into something they are not, nor will—or can—ever be. This errant perspective may prove dangerous, as it can function as the impetus to alter the affected person by force, coercion, or manipulation.

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