Documentary subject’s diagnosis appears wrong

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Re: “Asperger’s syndrome falsely vilified,” letter, Oct. 12.

The writer, in his excellent letter on the CBC documentary Road to Mercy, expressed legitimate dismay that 32-year-old Amy De Schutter, with a psychiatric diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, is applying for physician-assisted death in Belgium.

Firstly, it is obvious that she does not have the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. Rather, in my professional opinion, this young woman suffers from severe mental illness in the form of undiagnosed bipolar disorder, with its typical highs and lows, and it would appear that she has not received even marginally competent psychiatric care. Also, had De Schutter been correctly diagnosed, there is no guarantee that she would have been treated appropriately with mood-stabilizing medications.

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