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Asperger's and Violence: Experts Weigh In

When a Child With Autism Is Violent continued...

“There was no intention behind the aggression,” Lutz says. “He would go off a cliff and there was no coming back until the storm had passed.”

But the storms were terrible. When her son was 9, they had him committed to the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for a year, where he was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in addition to his autism.

A 2008 review found that 84% of violent offenders with autism also had co-existing psychiatric disorders at the time they committed the crime.  

Lutz says that in her son’s case, electroshock therapy to control the bipolar disorder has helped.

“He’s still very autistic, but the rage is gone,” she says.

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