Like attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHS) before it, autism is currently receiving increasing public attention. Warning voices have been raised, claiming that autism is becoming a fashionable diagnosis and that every recognizable personality trait is now being reinterpreted as a disease. In this context, this volume addresses questions such as: What does ?normal= mean at all? What is personality? When do symptoms and characteristics become a disease? Autism is presented as a normal variant, as a personality disturbance and as a neuropsychiatric disease. It is also made clear that the situations in individuals with ADHS and tic disturbances are similar. The aim of the book, against a background conception of multicategorial normality, is to view psychological phenomena as belonging to a transitional zone between normality, deviation and disease, in order to break down anxieties and prejudices.
Prof. Dr. med. Ludger Tebartz van Elst ist Neurowissenschaftler, Kliniker und Facharzt sowie Professor für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie am Klinikum der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i. Br.