Aspergers and drugs

A trait of Aspergers is difficulty re expressing/interpreting emotions?

And some drugs (eg LSD, MDMA etc) are empathogenic meaning whomever takes them will have an enhanced awareness of emotions/empathy?

Has any study/research been done to see if such drugs administered in low doses in a suitable environment could help people with ASD understand concepts such as empathy better?

  • I'm not sure what the effect would be: my impression of those drugs is that they increase the intensity of those emotions, whereas the trouble some people with ASD seem to have is the fluent communication and interpretation of them, in which case they may actually worsen the problem rather than ameliorating it.

    The trouble I get with emotions and empathy is that I have plenty of them, it's just that my emotional response speaks English and everyone else's is in French, so it takes me a while to interpret what people are telling me.  I think if I felt things even more keenly but my level of interpretation remained unchanged I'd be quite likely to feel even more frustrated and overwhelmed.

    Then again, maybe drugs like that would break down the communication barrier somewhat.  I dunno.

  • They really don't work like that, they don't enhance anything so much as change your perception. LSD and MDMA (ecstasy) have had extensive research done over the years although not as far as I know in connection to ASD. 

    It's pretty much like Vometia said though, If you speak English and everyone else speaks French, shouting those words (The aplification effects of those drugs) isn't really going to help you understand.

  • "It's pretty much like Vometia said though, If you speak English and everyone else speaks French, shouting those words (The aplification effects of those drugs) isn't really going to help you understand."

    Good analogy.