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Anxiety and depression
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LordDust wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:


LordDust wrote:


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Aspergers, which isn't technically a thing according to the new DSM. That is largely it for mental issues, though the doc has suggested a couple times that perhaps I suffer mild depression. If that is true though, I must have been suffering it at exactly the same level my entire life, so I'm not sure I buy it.

I do also suffer from some neurological issues that aren't diagnosed yet. I finally got insurance so we can find out if the other doc is right and I suffer from MS, yay!


I don't buy the technically its not a thing.

We people with Aspergers are alike High functioning Autistic people but there is some noticeable differences.


The DSM has become highly politicized. Insurance companies and the legal system use it to base a number of meaningful decisions off of. The removal of Aspergers from it does technically mean that for insurance purposes it is not a thing. Essentially they now refer to us as "autism spectrum". I am uncomfortable with this, because while it is true that Aspergers is an autism spectrum disorder and there is overlap in treatments and challenges, there are genuine differences as you indicate. The "one size fits all" reactions this classification tends to encourage is a little problematic. I'm not saying that I believe that Aspergers is not a thing, but according to the technical definition presented in the diagnostic criteria, it isn't a thing. Not all psychologists and psychiatrists agree with the DSM and it has fallen very much out of favor outside of most of the US. Unfortunately, it is still the primary diagnostic criteria here in the States.


weird i still get insurance and disability payments due to my Aspergers


I would guess that your agencies haven't updated to the latest version then. Either that or they have adopted a policy of treating it as having an autism spectrum diagnosis. My school will not use it, so I am considering getting a new diagnosis. The main issue is that I am very literal about a number of things and it has caused some communication issues with a particular instructor. The department head is uncomfortable siding with me as things stand, but has intimated a diagnosis would make it easier to do so. Personally I think it should be handled the same regardless, but I am used to this kind of hoop jumping.


hmm well i hope it doesn't change i can barely live on the $500 i get a fortnight from my government without my parents i would be homeless / screwed :S

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Old Age, don't let yourself get old.


61 years doesn't even seem that old. Heck, neither does 75. We really don't get a whole lot of time to do stuff.


It may not seem that old to you, but I'm here, and you're there. I'm now paying for all the stupid stuff I did to myself when I was young and thought I was indestructible. Trust me, it all comes back to haunt you.


well....duh that's common sense is it not xD

Your going to die so why not die being happy
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A lot, but at least I am a functioning a̶d̶u̶l̶t̶ human being.

Mostly low-self esteem more than anything else. Occasional depression.
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Anxiety and mild Dissociation. Kinda like Hikki.
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rheumatoid arthritis and migraines. good fun! staying active and staying positive are the best remedies i've encountered so far! they don't work perfectly, but what else can i do?
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i got an ectopic kidney, it doesnt really affect me tho :p
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Nicotine addiction and seasonal allergies.
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I have Neurofibromatosis
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I suffer from an extreme case of:

Patriotism
Freedom
and Democracy

All are terminal.
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I would say people, but honestly, they are the most insufferable creature of all...
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Some lower back problems, probably due in part to growth spurts and the fact that I'm a university student and no chair has back support.
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Checking out threads with stupid titles.
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hmm well i hope it doesn't change i can barely live on the $500 i get a fortnight from my government without my parents i would be homeless / screwed :S



On the bright side, I'm in the USA, so they may handle things differently where you are. I think Australia primarily relies on the DSM, but there is another diagnostic manual whose name I can't recall that has gained traction in Europe. They may elect to use that or perhaps may elect to consider all former diagnoses of Aspergers as equivalent to an autism spectrum disorder, which may not cause any changes to your benefits. Here in the US they don't have clear guidance so individual organizations are making calls. If it works out as usual here they will continue to do so until a lawsuit forces a more unified procedure set.

I have been fortunate in that while I have issues that make some things more difficult or even impossible for me, I was also blessed with abnormal abilities that allow me to field coping mechanisms that seem to impress my doc. Many people do not realize how different I am for a fairly long time. I do eventually screw up though... keeping straight a horde of conscious schema while tired and analyzing the micro-expressions and body language of five to ten people tends to lead to mistakes eventually. Then I make some horrible faux pas that makes it very clear I can't be normal! When watching the show Sherlock on the BBC, the moment when Sherlock turns to Watson and says something along the lines of, "Was that bad?" was rather pleasant for me. I could so identify with that moment. New situations that I can't derive a schema for from previous situations are one of the few times I feel awkward that doesn't involve physical contact. I hate them because I have no way to know what normal people do and my instincts usually get me rather poor results.

Appearing as normal as possible is important to me because I have realized that if people think I am normal they will socialize with me more. They will be more apt to hire me, promote me, or give me a raise. They treat me better when they think I'm normal. Once they have this idea that I am normal lodged fairly firmly in their minds, the occasional screw up won't necessarily dislodge it. Even finding out about my diagnosis won't always change it then. I have noticed though that if they find out before they have gotten to know me while thinking I am normal they tend to treat me very differently than those that got that other impression.

It sucks that you're facing what you are facing. I wish I could offer great suggestions for coping mechanisms, but it isn't easy for me to determine what would be helpful and what would be useless since it relies on some capability that is not present for everyone. Even my wife did not realize it until i told her, though she did get a bit wide eyed and blurt out that it explained quite a bit... people think I am a bit eccentric and odd, but still within the parameters for "normal enough" I guess you'd say. Sorry if I am rambling too much, talking about this stuff with others helps me to solidify my thoughts on the subject and sharing experiences seems to be somewhat beneficial.
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Vertically challenged.
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