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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) & Asperger's
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Jsybird2532 wrote:


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.


The way people write about it and talk about scares me, the internet always scares me when it comes to medical stuff
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famous people who either have it or were thought to have it.. (you will be surprised)
Mozart
Thomas Jefferson
Emily Dickinson
Isaac Newton
Nikola Tesla
Albert Einstein
Daryl Hannah
Dan Aykroyd
Satoshi Tajiri, creator of Pokémon :P
Jim Henson
the list goes on and on
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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.


Best quote on this thread!
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I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome when I was little. While I'm a smart, creative person and good with details, I'm not always the best with social situations, and do mess up once in a short while. I've also had problems with noisy crowded rooms (I get agitated or crabby if I'm in one for too long), so I don't think that I'd ever be able to go to an anime convention or to a real concert. If I were to ever work a job in such a noisy crowded place again, the stress would be too much!

Each case of AS or HFA is different, usually unique to the individual who has it. Just like snowflakes, no two cases are exactly alike.
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AzuresShade wrote:

famous people who either have it or were thought to have it.. (you will be surprised)
Mozart
Thomas Jefferson
Emily Dickinson
Isaac Newton
Nikola Tesla
Albert Einstein
Daryl Hannah
Dan Aykroyd
Satoshi Tajiri, creator of Pokémon :P
Jim Henson
the list goes on and on :)


And Leonardo Da Vinci.
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My cousin was diagnosed with ADHD in the early 90's. But it was obvious he had something more along the lines of Aspergers. My next door neighbor back when I lived with my mom had a son who had Aspergers. He was given medication but it didn't help him and he was extremely violent and rarely spoke. I'm no longer in touch with my cousin since he was on the dangerous side (death threats to me and my family).

My heart goes out to people with Aspergers, or really any type of mental disorder. My whole family has different types of mental disorders and illnesses in it, ranging from bipolar, schizophrenia, and nothing is easy about them. I hate it when people are harsh or too hard on people with mental issues.

That all being said though, I've noticed that my generation had an issue with slapping on the diagnoses of ADHD or Aspergers onto almost anyone who was either hyper or a little on the slow side. Almost every boy in my elementary classes were on pills, but would eventually "outgrow" it. I never felt it was taken seriously, the attitude was "oh just give this hyper boy some pills and shut him up". I think it's kindof contributed to misconceptions and stigmas that seem to come along with the disorder. Hopefully that didn't come across badly
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So... if u had a choice would u wish you were born with aspergers or born without it? u say it has hindered you from interacting with others and gave you a unique sense of perspective but i wasn't born with aspergers and i have mulltiple perspectives that help me get far in life plus i've had the ability to easily make friends or enemy's(depending on what type of relationship i want to have) u know bring out what i want in people... im a natural introvert that will never go lonely or bored as long as i have my internet and anime/manga; is this how people with ass burgers feel?

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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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choosing a normal person out of society is too vague... if you ask who is normal in a more identifying category like mmm chinese rice farmers you can say a normal chinese rice farmer is a poor male that slaves away all day farming rice!! but sure everyone is their own individual... saying what is normal in society is hard.. i think i can say a normal person in society is someone who eats food, sleeps, and moves n stuff....

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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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@the pink ranger,

I'm sorry you've had something so scary happen.

and yes, labels are slapped on everything now it seems. but.. and maybe this is just me? but I believe there is a need to know what is wrong. You can't get around a road block if you don't know its there.

when my son was a baby and i knew there was something different about him. he was missing or late to certain milestones, like crawling, walking, etc.
he would stare into a mirror (for 4 or 5 hours straight) talking to himself. (this is as a baby not yet a toddler)
and other things like that, I started to connect dots.

it took a team of specialists attached to one of the local schools six months to make the diagnosis. they observed him (at 5 years old) for 1 to 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. there was also a battery of tests.

there is a difference in a quick nonchalant off the cuff diagnosis, and an honest to gods double and triple check that this is correct diagnosis.

when he was 3 i tried to get him tested. the man gave him an IQ test. called him brilliant, and said there is no such thing as high functioning autism. (yeah this was a doctor)

I do believe we over medicate. It should be a last resort. (i will never medicate my son because of aspergers)
Also, please don't think that all people with autism are like your cousin.
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choosing a normal person out of society is too vague... if you ask who is normal in a more identifying category like mmm chinese rice farmers you can say a normal chinese rice farmer is a poor male that slaves away all day farming rice!! but sure everyone is their own individual... saying what is normal in society is hard.. i think i can say a normal person in society is someone who eats food, sleeps, and moves n stuff....

AzuresShade wrote:

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




hmmm, in that case. Everyone is normal case closed!
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. ~_~
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it. ~_~


Seconded, I see no issue with being on the spectrum. There are other things I would change about myself tho, but that's a topic for another thread.
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I have high functioning autism. I was diagnosed roughly 2 years ago and, its not fun to say the least . I dont really know how to talk to people or socially function, so I dont really have that many friends (by that many i pretty much mean none) I'm able to get by, but its hard when you dont really have anyone to talk to you know? Unfortunately a bit of other stuff that happened as well as my having hfa is that my father committed suicide and I'm also diagnosed with moderate depression. But you get past it i guess. Wishing luck to others with similar diagnoses
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I don't but my older brother might have Aspergers.


I say might because his therapist thought he might and sent him to a specialist but she said he just has sever social anxiety. I guess she is an expert on the subject so we shouldn't question, but we all think that he does have Aspergers (maybe we should get a second opinion). He has always been really smart but bad at social situations and coordination.

-When he was a toddler he never played with toys, instead he carried around calendars and books. He used the scramble tiles to spell words (like Panasonic, and Afghanistan) because he didn't have the muscle control and coordination to use a writing utensil yet.

-In preschool he drew a picture of the solar system and labeled all the planets and all of their moons (he also had the correct scale).

-When he was in kindergarten he would help his classmates with their school work and in exchange they would open his milk carton for him at lunch (he didn't figure out how until much later).

-In first grade he hid under his desk in the fetal position because he couldn't figure out how to paper mache the balloon.

There are more examples but I'll stop there.
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where would somebody go to see if they have this I've been disgnosed with adhd my entire life but I'm not sure thats really what it is
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