1960s Pre-Asperger Disorder / Meds for Social Anxiety


Advertisement from the 1960s that promotes the drug Serentil as a solution for the anxiety that comes from not fitting in; for the type of patient who “responds with excessive anxiety” and “can’t make friends.” What used to be common social fact – awkwardness on the part of some individuals when among groups of people, becomes “pathological” and must be treated with drugs. Anxiety in a person “indicates” a disordered personality. By 1994, “social pathology” becomes basic to Autism and Asperger’s.

Note the “petty” social crimes that are judged to be “terrible” behavior.



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