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Asperger's & Autism Forum
I’ll apologize in advance for the length. This is going to be long.
But certain family members, including my wife, think I might have Asperger’s syndrome or some form of high-functioning autism, since Asperger’s isn’t being diagnosed as of 2013, apparently. This has on-and-off been an issue since I was 28.
I’m on the fence about whether I could be autistic. I’ve taken a few online tests. One of those, my results were borderline, whereas the few others said I was most likely Neurotypical. I also did a test where I had to determine what the person was feeling based on their facial expression, and I scored 14 out of 20, which was said to be slightly above average. Autistics can, of course, learn how to read emotions in faces and online tests might not always be accurate, so I thought I’d post here and see if anyone can offer any insight into my issues.
We’ll start with the big one. I’m an extreme introvert.
I work in retail and my job requires me to interact with...
After getting insight into deaf culture, from their language (sign language) to their attitudes about deafness, and their communities, etc. I am wondering if maybe us on the spectrum people may have our own culture? I mean we sort of have our own way of communicating, characteristics, etc. However, does it count as a culture? And should we take it farther by opening our own schools with ASD teachers, principals, etc?
For those not familiar with deaf culture, they don't believe that deafness is a disability, they often almost seem like they want to be isolated from hearing people. In fact, they almost have a caste system where people born with deafness are on top, then those who have acquired deafness are sort of below them, followed by hearing people who know sign language due to having a deaf family member. They also tend to have their own organizations such as schools, where the staff is preffered to be all deaf people. There was actually an issue at a deaf school near me where...
If you believe you could be happier, what is it that you currently do not posses that think would make you happier? What do you believe would be the best method to go about attaining it? Has there ever been anything in the past that seemed impossible to achieve that you successfully achieved?
I am curious to know what issues others with ASD have, and how they have overcome them if possible.
Personally I dislike my job. It is too stressful and and not very enjoyable. I will soon start looking for another job that I may like more (still in software development). Until I do find another job I will keep my current one. I have gained good experience and made good money here. Such things come before temporary (or even prolonged) distress.
Another thing that stands between me and happiness is forming good relationships with others (especially romantically). My facial expressions are often blank or too serious. People often think I have something against them which makes life harder. Even...
What ASD-themed jewelry or accessories do you have?
I used to have an autism awareness ribbon pin with the rainbow puzzle pieces on it. I wore it on my apron to work (didn't reduce the bullying; people probably didn't even notice it) and later put it on my purse. But a month ago I looked at my purse and realized it was gone. It fell out somewhere and got lost. So I need to replace it. At least it was cheap.
A few years ago I bought a bracelet with an infinity symbol charm. Since I don't wear bracelets often (especially since I have small wrists and many are too big even if they're adjustable) I cut off the bracelet part and tried to make a necklace out of the charm. It was hard since the little handle things are on the side and if I just attach a string or chain to them, the charm hangs facing down like a pair of glasses. However, tonight I wove a jewelry cord around it and it hangs as it should now. I just need to get a clasp for the ends. Here's a picture:
I didn't have a...
Hello everyone. My name is Mike and my psychologist thinks I have Asperger's. I initially went to him to inquire about my terrible anxieties, which I have been struggling with for many years. At the same time, I told him about everything else, that I'm just feeling different and fighting numerous inner demons. Anxieties, however, are among the worst struggles I'm facing. I've never been able to manage them on my own. They've sucked away half of the happiness I could have otherwise experienced. They ruined my relationships with people I love and care about. Enough is enough. The anxieties were the first topic I brought up to my doc, and he told me that it's a common trait in Asperger's. He recommended a method of managing them, using the acronym FLOAT. He first told me to picture the word "float", and compare this to...floating on a raft. When you float on a raft, you just enjoy it and don't care about all the big waves coming at you from the ocean. Same with the anxieties and the...
(Not written by me)
Many women with Autism are not diagnosed with the condition until they reach middle age, leaving them wondering what is ‘wrong with them’.
Boys are still five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism than girls, despite growing awareness of the condition. One suggestion is that diagnostic criteria for Autism is biased towards the behaviour of men and boys.
Females often learn basic social skills and fake social interactions, which can mask many autistic traits, leaving Autistic women ‘hiding in plain sight’, according to the Autism Women’s Network.
Pamela Hirsch, who was diagnosed with ‘high functioning Autism’ in her 40s, and spoke at Tracscare’s recent autism conference ‘A better understanding of females with Autism’, revealed that having Asperger’s Syndrome, especially for a woman “can be a very heavy burden to bear, because in a lot of ways I come over as normal.
“As a young person, certain social skills were expected of me as a female, but as an...
I don't know if this is exactly spectrum related or not but I've always been awful at interviews. I've been on more than I can count but I just can't seem to grasp the interpersonal aspects of the interview process. Sometimes it's just a matter of me being really off, extremely nervous or awkward. I've even gotten sick to my stomach a couple times. Other times though... I would full on fall apart, like crash and burn and crumple to pieces right in front of the interviewer.
Before I knew about Aspergers, I just figured there was something wrong with me not being a people person or that I was just a bad interviewer. So, I needed to work harder at not being such a social screw up. But that hasn't seemed to happen yet.
Whenever I actually have an interview, I can't seem to talk and look the interviewer in the eye at the same time. I either have to talk while looking away, making occasional eye contact, or if it's full on eye contact then I'm not talking because my mind goes blank. On...
This might be long but hopefully I will get some responses. I am new here and I am a girl if that makes a difference.
I have always felt different. I'll start with how I act. I do really repetitive movements like stretching my fingers and tapping and moving my hands slightly and moving my foot up and down without really realizing it. This especially happens when I have social anxiety.
my facial expressions have been described as being that i stare at others without realizing, i look mad and blank all day, and my voice is sometimes monotone but sometimes gets sing-songy. I can't really realize the volume of my speaking. i am very sensitive to almost everything: like i can't have bright lights on past 8pm, i need to be listening to music almost all day so i dont hear the variety of sounds in my surroundings, i am sensitive to heat, cold, and especially pain.
my mind plays my thoughts in pictures i never really think words so it seems like my mind is always blank. so when i...
Two days ago we had to have our pet rabbit Tilly Rose put to sleep.She was 9 years old.I am not usually a crier but I am feeling devastated.She was the first pet I had ever looked after.I never really cared about having a pet and truthfully when my friends lost their pets did not feel much empathy.( for which I now feel guilty about). Tilly was seriously cute and full of fun and a great comfort, part of my daily scheduled life.
I suppose my reason for posting this,is to ask whether what seems to me to be an extreme reaction to Tilly's death is normal.My husband wants to get a dog in the future and I am anxious as I feel I will not want to get close to it.
I have long held the belief that people don't change. They can change their habits or their appearance, or they can make an improvement in their temperament and/or attitude. But ultimately, people don't change from who and what they really are at their core. Admittedly, I'm a pessimist.
After being out of college and living with my parents for 5 1/2 years, I am finally moving out. My brother and I got approved for an apartment and we are moving out in a few weeks. Part of me thinks this could be a new beginning for me. I can be the man I want to be, stand on own two feet, and make my aspirations a reality. But a major part me knows this is wishful thinking and a pipe dream. I don't expect anything to happen overnight or some big epiphany, but maybe I would have a different perspective on life, or some new self-consciousness.
I had the same positive feeling when I left for college. As a fat, introverted, shy and weird mama's boy, I truly thought that I was actually this closeted...
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