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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) & Asperger's
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Was anyone here diagnosed with either of said conditions (albeit Asperger's technically no longer exists according to the DSM-5 x.x) as child or know anyone who was (child, friend, or otherwise)? What was your experience? I'm wondering because I am bored and I'm wondering how many people on the spectrum are on this site. Personally, I was diagnosed with HFA (High-functioning Autism) as a child due to my behavior as a toddler and in my early childhood. No, I am not a savant...lol.

The diagnosis kinda followed me through my childhood, albeit I didn't even know about it until I was in 7th grade, despite the fact I was constantly sent out for occupational therapy, psychological appointments, and speech therapy throughout my early childhood, in and out of school. Until then, for some reason (I don't know if this originally came off a misunderstanding or if I was intentionally lied to by my parents) I thought I did all these things for ADD (which I was never diagnosed with in the first place) and I never questioned it as I enjoyed being taken out of class and doing these things, lol. I also knew that I was asocial, had some quirks in my level of muscle control/attention span, hated any sort of sensory overload, and just flat out didn't think or socialize in the same manner as everyone else, but the care and level of attention I received in elementary school was conducive to my personality., Thus, I never thought about it and just tried to adapt as much as I could, as instructed.

Since I graduated high school, people are shocked when I tell them I was diagnosed with HFA, I just don't come off that way to people it seems now. My parents talk about me as if I pulled through quite an ordeal, but I don't think anything of it :/. I don't really identify as Autistic now either--albeit some of the traits are still in me (I hate loud noise and in fact am hiding from a party my brother is having downstairs atm (lol), I'm asocial, and I still think differently from most people). I barely even think about it.

So, what about the rest of you?
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19 / F / Dat place up Norf...
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My brother has Asperger's and Tourette's. He was misdiagnosed as having ADHD, and the medication had a counter-effect and caused his "tics" to flare up. He was not diagnosed correctly until he was twelve. He went through his junior high and high school years being ridiculed and mocked constantly. His main solace was his writing. He has a near-genius IQ and astounds me every day with how much he knows!
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i had a friend in high school with ass burgers. She was really creepy talking about death and demon's and slender man stuff, but she liked anime and manga so she was aightt. I would usually approach her because she was one of the few people who were into anime/manga at my high school so we talked a lot about anime and stuff... though she had bad taste /; she behaved awkward socially sometimes, with a monotone voice, idk just felt like she had a hard to talking... I had another friend with ADHD omfg she drove me insane though she was so alike to me my sister from another mother but i just didn't understand where she got all her energy from! whenever we had sleepover's she would stay up all frken night (she likes staying at my house because her parent arent their to force her to take her pills ) talking and playing it's madness!!! i understand why she takes pills she calms down when she takes them... she is my closest friend though so i accept it but still she is so full of energy it just drives me insane sometimes -_- anyway.. the people ive met with ass burgers and ADHD are the most interesting people ive met in my life, btw i dont know what ass burgers or ADHD is.. i think ADHD means your on a sugr rush or smthing.., especially my friend with ADHD she is exactly like me personality taste everything we simultaneously say the same things that are on our mind's when we meet up, just dont know where she gets all her energy -_- honestly
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i have read that ppl with Aspergers syndrome have uinque abilitly to be really smart/talented. i seen the movie temple Grandin which was a true story. and ppl with Asperger sydrome are really fanscinating. i have even been in a play about Asperger sydrome, this is what lead to my interest in the first place. i have done alot of research, and it seems people with Aspergers syndrome have a blessing and a curse.
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I think some people perceive me as autistic. I tend to be quiet around people I don't know and I don't like sensory overload.
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My son (who is 9) has aspergers. erm.. sorry HFA now i suppose.

Quote: " I also knew that I was asocial, had some quirks in my level of muscle control/attention span, hated any sort of sensory overload, and just flat out didn't think or socialize in the same manner as everyone else, "

While Orion doesn't have too much issue with muscle control, he does hate writing or anything else that takes fine motor skills.
He did skip 2 grades in school and is about to enter 6th.
He also has many social issues.
He's big on TMI lol which can get a bit embarrassing for me especially when he gives his whole life story (and mine) to the pizza delivery man.
Not sure about the asocial. it varies for him, most times he just wants to be left alone and will loose his temper if anyone so much as taps his shoulder, and other times he wants to be where and do exactly what everyone else does. (we do a lot of team player type exercises to help with this)
he also hyper focuses.
Trying to get him to really understand the difference between literal and figurative has been a bit of a challenge.
all in all, he's freakin brilliant and looks at the world from a different angle than most other people. It's been very refreshing seeing how he perceives things. I look forward to seeing what sort of an adult he will be.

oh and he's more of a gamer than a watcher. but when he does watch anime, its mostly stuff like Tiger & Bunny or Fairy Tail (his sister and I are the avid anime watchers)
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I have HFA, but was never diagnosed in my early childhood. I qualify for "aspergers" from tests but I've never been medically treated for it. When I was growing up, the awareness of HFA wasn't as good and they first thought I had Antisocial personality disorder, as well as ADD at one point. Finally they gave me an IQ test at around 8 and I scored above 140'ish (not quite genius range, but fairly decent) and they then thought I was simply "bored", and put me in gifted and talented.

Growing up I displayed pretty typical symptoms of aspergers. Avoiding eye contact, generally not good with social cues or social situations and pretty much off in my own world. I'm also an INFJ personality type, (which isn't rare for a person with HFA, that and INFP). Luckily my areas of expertise were psychology and philosophy. For some reason I became fascinated with these topics and they ultimately helped me deal with social situations. I'm still a pretty extreme introvert, but I do feel empathy and love for all living creatures. I just feel very uncomfortable around people and generally don't relate to their conversations. Also everything I know about social behavior is completely learned/observed on my part. I also have a problem with sensory overload, visual and audio to be specific; and it's difficult for people to understand that.

Like you said, I don't really think about it anymore. I've adapted. I also don't have a sexual preference; I'm asexual and that is apparently sometimes common among HFA or Aspergers. So I view relationships in a very different way and it's been a hindrance on my life in some regards. Some people don't have the patience for my aloof behavior and that's fine, I don't struggle with needing or wanting. I tend to become very loyal to specific individuals now as an adult, instead of require general social interaction.

I remember reading tons of Psychology books. Books about recognizing macro and micro facial expressions, and I eventually became very skilled at social situations purely because I was obsessed with psychology. So while I appear very social and charming, it is primarily an observe and respond effect for me.

From a psychological perspective, people with HFA view the world a lot differently and a lot of times HFA produces what they would call "idiot savants". And I found that quite interesting.

I still struggle with SOME social cues (especially romantic ones) and I also have problems understanding when people need me or require my attention; I can ultimately come across as very cold because I don't show much expression in my face or mannerisms, whereas some HFA individuals are overly colorful and expressive, "In your face" type. I'm a fairly happy individual though. I "outgrew" the awkwardness in a sense, but I'm still a very quirky introvert.

To be honest, being so detached from social interactions has helped me a lot with some of my career choices, as I didn't seek to understand but I would purely react from a very logical perspective. And it's also helped me in the discovery a lot of knowledge within myself.

Everybody is amazing, HFA folks are no different. They are just amazing in a different way.

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Almost sounds identical to my childhood, except the sharing part. My HFA manifested into introversion. Sounds like you have an awesomely talented little guy on your hands. ~_~



Yah, people with HFA often have a hard time understanding what is socially acceptable or recognizing social cues to end the conversation.
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Can someone tell me what ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is, in one or two sentences.

Does it mean you are oblivious to social interactions?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-functioning_autism

Autism - condition disturbing perceptions and relationships: a disturbance in psychological development in which use of language, reaction to stimuli, interpretation of the world, and the formation of relationships are not fully established and follow unusual patterns.
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cpblair83 wrote:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-functioning_autism

Autism - condition disturbing perceptions and relationships: a disturbance in psychological development in which use of language, reaction to stimuli, interpretation of the world, and the formation of relationships are not fully established and follow unusual patterns.


sounds like some scary stuff, yo

I would ask more questions but psychology is always long and somewhat subjective, so I'll refrain
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Thank you. I tend to be overly proud of both my evil minions.

I read your earlier post and I completely understand the eye contact and social cues part. Also, if he is hyper focused, I have to get his attention and make sure he's looking me in the eye, if i don't, his mind is still on whatever he was doing and not on what I'm trying to tell him. (I'm pretty bad about this one myself)

Also your reply gives me hope. Hearing someone else has gone through pretty much the same thing growing up, and has worked through it, is always bracing. I truly believe Orion will become someone wonderful as an adult, but as a parent all i can do is give him what skills and knowledge i can, and be there to cheer him on.
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pandrasb wrote:


cpblair83 wrote:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-functioning_autism

Autism - condition disturbing perceptions and relationships: a disturbance in psychological development in which use of language, reaction to stimuli, interpretation of the world, and the formation of relationships are not fully established and follow unusual patterns.


sounds like some scary stuff, yo

I would ask more questions but psychology is always long and somewhat subjective, so I'll refrain


Meh, when it comes to stuff on the Autism Spectrum like HFA and Asperger's Syndrome, honestly it's not that scary, most people with such conditions turn out just fine with proper guidance. It scares the pants off many parents tho as there's a huge stigma against Autism Spectrum conditions in popular culture within the States and Europe.

Read about it, Autistic people are actually quite easy to understand--but yet again, this is coming from someone who isn't a neurotypical.
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I got Autism in my entire life, sometimes i still don`t understand what people`s conversation.


try this quiz
http://aspergersquiz.com/
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my own definition..
someone who walks to a beat of a different drum.
does not fit societies version of 'normal' (however, I have never met someone who actually fits societies version of normal. if you meet said person please document in journal form and pictorial or video form. The normal person might seem a bit 'different' and might scare easily. use extreme caution to not startle the normal person into leaving their natural habitat.)
and i totally went off on a tangent lol
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