I am listening eagerly to back issues of SOF, and listened to this and the Autism issue from 2008 back to back. I am struck that your guest noted that he had to leave geology at one point because he found he was so focused on his science that he was missing the people around him. As a family physician, I often find myself having conversations with patients about potential diagnoses of ADD. I try to help people understand that ADD is a spectrum, as your 2008 program guests describe Autism. It was striking to me to hear the geologist in this program talk about how focused he became on his work, and how the priest advised him to continue his work. He and the priest may not have realized that in another context, what helped him make great discoveries about our world, would be considered disease. Thank goodness he went to his priest instead of his doctor!
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