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Aspergers Syndrome
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Clinical features

AS is characterized by:[16][21]

* Narrow interests or preoccupation with a subject to the exclusion of other activities
* Repetitive behaviors or rituals
* Peculiarities in speech and language
* Extensive logical/technical patterns of thought
* Socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and interpersonal interaction
* Problems with nonverbal communication
* Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements

Arrgh I have all those symptoms, I knew it something must have been wrong with me.
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Posted 6/23/08
really sounds like a kid. something like that. HAHA
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TumbleweedCrossing wrote:


DarkOnister wrote:

I don't think thats all true. I myself think thats quite bios.
I haven't ever had problems with debt but time management I could agree on.

*snippy*
Don't mean to be causing offense. Just stating the facts. :)


I said I think. I wasn't arguing.
I've encountered mostly people who are younger than me with Aspergers Syndrome.
There is one person who is older than me with it but I've heard nothing of the sort.

There are at least 2 different common groupings of symptoms for people with Aspergers Syndrome.
Either way it doesn't matter, you can't compare one person to another.


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Heh. I'd agree with that.

Edit: Theres an Aspie group on CrunchyRoll - more discussions can go on there if you want.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/Aspies_4_Life
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I have borderline Asperger's, and after reading all of the posts here, I feel incredibly fortunate. For me, it's more of a personality quirk than a problem. As for the list:

1. Narrow interests or preoccupation with a subject to the exclusion of other activities
2. Repetitive behaviours or rituals
3. Peculiarities in speech and language
4. Extensive logical/technical patterns of thought
5. Socially and emotionally inappropriate behaviour and interpersonal interaction
6. Problems with non-verbal communication
7. Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements

I have or have had all of these except the first. Numbers 5 and 6 were helped immensely by speech and language therapy in 4th and 5th grade. As for my opinion an Asperger's in general, I think in many cases it's a gift, and in some of the more severe cases, I'm sure it seems more of a burden. I personally think the world is a lot more interesting with Aspies in it.
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Posted 6/27/08 , edited 6/27/08
I feel depressed alot but I think it ties in to the fact that I never feel like I'm treated the same way as everybody else and well after time it slowly starts to get to you.

Do you ever question things like:

What is my face expression? Is it showing the right emotion and am I giving the right expression?

What kind of stare is that person trying to express, do they think I'm odd?

Did I speak clearly just now? or did I try to speed up my speech to fit it into a time slot that I seemed to of set myself for some apparent reason.

Why can't I seem to speak clearly around shopkeepers or large groups?


Everybody may ask different questions depending on whats going on.
I know some people will probably agree while others will think why. I seem to think about it lately since people are mentioning that I'm odd and not showing emotion and then ofcourse they walk off, making me feel less comfortable about myself.

I think I know what it all means; Self-esteem. Something only you can conquer.

- New question.. what do you think about your self-esteem when having Aspergers Syndrome or Autism.
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DarkOnister wrote:

I feel depressed alot but I think it ties in to the fact that I never feel like I'm treated the same way as everybody else and well after time it slowly starts to get to you.



I agree. I think I felt depressed in HS, especially, because I KNEW I was different, and I couldn't figure out why or how to "fix" it.



DarkOnister wrote:

Do you ever question things like:

What is my face expression? Is it showing the right emotion and am I giving the right expression?

What kind of stare is that person trying to express, do they think I'm odd?

Did I speak clearly just now? or did I try to speed up my speech to fit it into a time slot that I seemed to of set myself for some apparent reason.

Why can't I seem to speak clearly around shopkeepers or large groups?




I hear that. I'm not very good at interaction. I can usually fake it, but I never feel secure about how ppl take me--I second guess myself. I think I smile way too much--I can't help it. No matter what I think or feel, I have this weird phony smile plastered across my face. It's like a mask, I guess.

Interacting takes so much of my mental energy. I feel like I'm playing a role that I have to improv the whole time, but I can't drop the role. Even improv actors would have trouble keeping that up forever. I like interacting on the internet so much more. It's a lot easier for me.



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I think I know what it all means; Self-esteem. Something only you can conquer.

- New question.. what do you think about your self-esteem when having Aspergers Syndrome or Autism.


That's a good question, probably worthy of a whole new thread. I'll post that topic over at Aspies 4 Life, if you don't mind, DO.



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That's a good question, probably worthy of a whole new thread. I'll post that topic over at Aspies 4 Life, if you don't mind, DO.


Yeah go right on ahead. - http://www.crunchyroll.com/group/Aspies_4_Life

I've got one example of how me having Aspergers has gotten me into a bad social situation.
Ok let me start.


I failed my driving test. (4 minors, 1 serious - and it was over something stupid as well which I acknowledged)
Anyway back at home I had to book my new test. I phone my driving tutor to discuss the date.

The phone call couldn't of gone worse. I said the date which was last day of my tutor's holiday, which yeah is awkward but I seemed eager to make sure I got all my facts right before committing myself to paying for another test for a date that I'd know I could do.
My tutor heard the conversation on the phone as in: I wasn't feeling upset or down at all by the tone of my voice over failing my driving test (even though I was, I wasn't showing it in my voice) and now my tutor thinks I failed my test and didn't think or care much for it.
The tone of voice changed from my tutor (I think he was annoyed that I wasn't sounding at all serious - I mean hes been teaching me for months, it does look bad) and I was given a date and then was hung up.


How this relates to Aspergers is the fact that I didn't show emotion in my voice and I didn't have any emotional feeling for failing. Well I'd admit it was depressing, but I never showed it. My emotion was blank and I felt confused what to think.
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i don't know anybody with this.....
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sentimentalities wrote:

My friend used to always say to me "I swear you've got Asperger's Syndrome!"
Just because I didn't like people staring at me and because I only eat red sweets.
It's never been diagnosed though.

I remember I read this book about a boy with AS years ago.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
I forget who it's by. But it was so good. D:


Mark Haddon. XP we had to read it for english this year..and then we had to write esays on it as well. it was pretty good though..
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Does anybody know when there's an Aspergers Syndrome awareness month?

I've been looking around but haven't seen much mentioning of it. I'm beginning to believe thats why people have been confused or getting wrong ideas about this disorder.
I'm guessing its April (Autism awareness month in general).

I was considering making something about it when the time comes.
I'm not asking for donations but to make the true facts corrected and for people to understand at least the basics of the disorder instead of seeing us with Aspergers Syndrome in a different light.
Posted 8/23/08
I have Asperger's.


DarkOnister wrote:

music190 wrote:

Heh. I'd agree with that.

Despite some contrary research, I second that agreement.
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shibole wrote:
I have Asperger's.

~snippy~

Despite some contrary research, I second that agreement.


I noticed quite a difference between the two but I thought it was odd when I was always paired with somebody with Autism.
We socialise abit more but weather or not we get social situations right is another thing (I don't understand sarcasm well).
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I myself was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome two years ago and exhibit most of its common and some of its otherwise uncommon symptoms. I am extremely ritually oriented and belligerent to change in general, so much so that I will often get stressed out if my plans for the day go astray even the slightest bit (which can happen a lot, since I plan my days well in advance). Likewise, I'm very repetitive (not that I personally think this is a bad thing), with my thought patterns deviating very little throughout the day or even an entire week, and have a difficult time extending myself beyond my specific group of interests or comfort zone. People often give me strange looks or confront me about my "odd" use of words and greater appreciation of the English vernacular; I also happen to unconsciously intone or "echo" things I hear in the background (things said on TV when I'm not actually watching TV, for instance) or even things I've said only moments before (which is understandably confusing, 'though I personally think it's humorous at times). I walk and stand in an admittedly awkward manner, walking almost exclusively on outsides or fronts of my soles with my feet as a whole splayed out to the sides instead of even remotely forward facing; and while it's both embarrassing and something I will often deny, I am extremely clumsy (in a sense) and will often knock/walk into things (door frames, doors themselves, tables, counters, etc.) due to my skewed footwork (stubbed toes are also a daily issue).

Well, you get the picture. Either way, it's also safe to say that I am and always have been a socially awkward individual, one of whom possesses shoddy communication skills and is often utterly incapable of even the subtlest forms of human empathy. Or, at the very least, I hardly ever get it right.

I was actually in a special education program all throughout elementary school despite attending normal classes. This was due pretty much exclusively to my poorly developed language skills (reading, writing, etc.), which is kind of ironic now since I scored exceedingly well on English tests in high school (top three, easily, often getting 100% or above) and literature is one of the few things I am actively interested in. In fact, what little enjoyment I can garner from anime and other forms of animation really only stem from said interests as I am able to appreciate fictional stories (animated or otherwise) and character development.

Do I think it's all a curse or even a sickness? No, most certainly not. In fact, it almost seems somewhat offencive to even think as such. No, rather, like many with the same unique outlook as myself, I'm far more prone to simply consider it a conceivably substantial part of my own unique personality and would never even so much as entertain the thought of "curing" my so-called and ofttimes reported mental illness, let alone wish such a proverbial lobotomy upon another human being.
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DarkenedProgress wrote:
what little enjoyment I can garner from anime and other forms of animation really only stem from said interests as I am able to appreciate fictional stories (animated or otherwise) and character development.

From you've said I think characters and plot/place is interesting but your not interesting in organising it to story write? This is just a guess, since its true about me too. I have ideas, characters, places, perhaps even several plots. Yet organising it all seems a hassle and abit complicated.


DarkenedProgress wrote
Do I think it's all a curse or even a sickness? No, most certainly not. In fact, it almost seems somewhat offencive to even think as such. No, rather, like many with the same unique outlook as myself, I'm far more prone to simply consider it a conceivably substantial part of my own unique personality and would never even so much as entertain the thought of "curing" my so-called and ofttimes reported mental illness, let alone wish such a proverbial lobotomy upon another human being.

I couldn't of said that any better than you just did. I still have nightmares about the fact of trying to be cured (after being put on several drugs in the past, I've had the fear of ambulances like kids have the fear of clowns. - Its not something that bothers me now, but I considered a clown stupid while an ambulance/doctors with lights as a nightmare)

I was once asked recently about the topic of racism and prejudice. Although I'm not racist and hardly swear. I can't help but feel more uneasy around 'so called normal' people after being ridiculed so much as to say my existence was a genetic virus which I will keep denying as its part of me.
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My cousin is Autistic. I'd give anything for him to have aspergers instead.
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