Conor Doherty, October 15, 2011, Out for a stroll with Dad
and showing no obvious signs of stress in his life
In my last blog post I commented on Dr. Gabor Maté's theory that parental stress causes autism disorders including Autistic Disorder. Dr. Maté is reported to have admitted that he had no proof of his theory but asked what else could be behind rising rates of autism disorder diagnoses. The first picture of my son Conor above was taken today. Conor was diagnosed at age 2 with Autistic Disorder. Below are some pictures of Conor as an infant, followed by a number taken at different points in Conor's life. Stress induced autism? I don't think so and I don't think Conor would agree with Dr. Maté's wild speculation either.