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Hello Aspies, I don't know if I'm an Aspie

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by McMann, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. McMann

    McMann New Member

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    Hello Aspies,

    I'm not sure if I really have Aspergers or not, but if it turned out I did, it would explain a lot.
    I typically have narrow interests, such as programming, mathematics (geometry, knot theory), drawing and anything detailed that really captures my imagination.

    I'm currently 26 and a CompSci student. I did the college thing already, I just wanted to do it again to learn more (and get paid more). It is a lot of hard work, and I find my morale dropping each semester, which is troublesome; this happened at my first job, and I wish I knew a way to beat it.

    I'm joining this forum in hopes that maybe things will make more sense for me if I read about other people's similar experiences. It would also be nice to make some friends, which is pretty difficult for me and has been for almost a decade now; I have pretty strong social anxiety. Often life doesn't feel real and sometimes I get very paranoid.

    Feel free to message me! I'll be going by the name McMann on here.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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  3. Sarah S

    Sarah S Active Member

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    Warm welkome to the forums
     
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  4. tducey

    tducey Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the board, it's a great place for us Aspies to discuss all things Autism.
     
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  5. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    See a professional. We cannot diagnose you.
     
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    Isadoorian Well Known Chat Member, Welcomer of Newcomers V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to the Forums! I hope you make new friends and enjoy your stay in the process! :)
     
  7. Jojo_LB

    Jojo_LB Brilliant Enigma V.I.P Member

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    Hi McMann.

    I just want to chime in about your losing morale every semester because reading that really resonates with me. I am in my final semester of undergraduate studies. I'm getting a bachelor in physics, minor in chemistry. It took me 18 years to get here. I used to be a part-time student, but I decided I wanted to speed it up a little bit, so I decided to go full-time. It was when I started going full-time that I felt that whole severe drop in morale every single semester. I'd start off hopeful. Then after just the first month, stuff would fall apart. I really could not figure it out for the life of me.

    After years of deep introspection, seeing therapists, and trying all sorts of meds, I decided to go a different route and went to neurological development experts instead. They helped me solve the mysteries that confounded me for decades.

    Anyway, welcome. I hope you find some of the things you need in this community. We are a very smart, friendly, helpful, and strange (in the best way possible) bunch. :)
     
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  8. Autistamatic

    Autistamatic He's just this guy, you know? V.I.P Member

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    Hi @McMann and welcome to the community :)
     
  9. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    Welcome, @McMann. I hope you find this forum as welcoming and helpful as I do.
     
  10. Nitro

    Nitro Admin/Immoral Turpitude Staff Member Admin V.I.P Member

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    Hi McMann

    welcome to af.png
     
  11. BraidedPony

    BraidedPony Just Enjoying Survival V.I.P Member

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    hi mcmann
    there are some online aspie tests. they are relatively short and fun to take. if you score high, then you are probably Aspie.
    welcome!
     
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  12. Fino

    Fino Alex V.I.P Member

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    I don't believe he said anywhere he wanted us to diagnose him.

    Welcome!
     
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  13. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    They aren't rlly reliable tho since 99% of the the criteria is based on stereotypes.
     
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  14. Dubz

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    Welcome to the site Mcmann. I'm self diagnosed personally. Stick around ask questions and read other's posts. Online tests are a probably a good indicator of whether you're on the spectrum or not. If they're not then why do people post their scores of them here? Getting an "official" diagnosis is a personal choice. Some choose to and some don't. I put official in quotes cuz let's be honest here, lots of peeps with and without a PhD are morons who are only seen as experts because a piece of paper says so. Many on this site have been undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, just to prove my point. I've read more than once that if you think you're an Aspie, you're probably an Aspie. So welcome to site and I'll shut up now.
     
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    Welcome! :) I'm also self-diagnosed. I like Cynthia Kim's book I Think I Might Be Autistic because it breaks down the diagnostic criteria into understandable explanations and examples. That plus a lot of reading made things pretty clear to me.
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    I am self diagnosed via reading of a wide range of accounts by people with Aspergers and other material such as relevant research, plus online tests. I tend to say I have high autistic traits as I am not sure if I would be diagnosed; a diagnosis is an informed opinion I guess. I don't need or want a diagnosis. Perhaps the time will come where we can be understood as a type of person. Valid and with strengths. Like everyone.

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    Bolletje Potato chip wizard

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    Welcome!
     
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    Welcome to the forums!