The hormone oxytocin aids in many physiological functions of the body. Elevated levels of this hormone is said to reduce levels of stress, induce labour, etc. Now the hormone has shown to be helpful in treating developmental disorders as well. A recent study has found that oxytocin helps autistic kids improve social skills. Researchers from Stanford University have found that oxytocin has a tremendous effect on such kids' ability to function socially. 'Children blessed with naturally high levels of oxytocin are more savvy at communicating with others and interpreting social signals or situations,' said Karen Parker, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Stanford.
Get that? Oxytocin - a hormone that is catalyzed by hugs, good deeds and other forms of sociology-committing help autistic kids become more social. So what do you think happens when oxytocin is reduced, when parents have less time to engage with their kids, when they are taught that the only pursuits that are worthwhile are those with immediate ROI?
Could a war against sociology be responsible for increased autism diagnoses?
Of course, I'm not a doctor and have done no studies. I personally don't even believe our current understanding and framing for autism is sufficiently in-depth enough for any such proclamations to have much merit.
Still - it's worth thinking about, isn't it? Unless you're mind's already made up, that is.