Farrah Abraham has diagnosed her mother Debra Danielsen with Asperger syndrome.
The Teen Mom star appeared on the This Life Podcast with Dr. Drew and Bob Forrest and had some interesting insights into why her well documented relationship with her mother has been so troubled and difficult.
Farrah’s often given a hard time for her questionable quotables but she’s often pretty dang articulate here as she chatted up some heavy topics with Drew and Bob. After one statement from Abraham about the disservice millennial parents do in trying to be their kids’ best friends Drew replies, “Farrah you say some of the most profound stuff sometimes and I’m sorry that a lot of it doesn’t get on TV.”
Then Dr. Drew addressed his previous beef with Farrah before he explained his concern for Debra.
Here’s the back and forth:
Dr. Drew: I’m going to say something now that is a boundary issue and we can pull it out of this show if you want. I was just looking at your mom and have gotten to know her over the years too and I’m just worried there’s something psychiatrically going on there that’s not being properly managed. Am I on to something?
Farrah: I guess she dates a doctor so there that goes.
Dr. Drew: I’m thinking there’s something really there that you’ve been pounding against your whole life and your mom isn’t aware it’s there and it’s of a psychiatric nature… Not psychological but more like biological and you’re wanting something from her that she just can’t do because of this biology. Am I on to something here?
Farrah: That is what it is. That’s what I know now and I’m done with conversations and I’m done with fighting the uphill battle… I’ve researched so much about my mother that I think she has Asperger’s and has some other things.
Via Autism Speaks – Asperger syndrome was generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Compared with those affected by other forms of ASD, however, those with Asperger syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary – often in a highly specialized field of interest.
Dr. Drew: What do you think besides Apserger’s? Because I agree with you.
Farrah: I forgot the other stuff…
Dr. Drew: I’m qualifying this. I’m not sitting in assessment of your mom. I’m not her doctor but I’ve been concerned there’s something on the schizoaffective spectrum.
Farrah follows up by asking what schizoaffective is and Dr. Drew gives a brief definition.
Via NAMI – Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized primarily by symptoms of schizophrenia, such as hallucinations or delusions, and symptoms of a mood disorder, such as mania and depression. –
For you longtime fans of the show out there, do y’all think they’re on to something as far as DebzOG is concerned?
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