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« on: December 21, 2013, 03:34:58 AM »

I believe that increased knowledge about "adult ADHD" and "Asperger's" will yield a lot of answers as to why some choose the "aggressive force" style of pairing with a member of the opposite sex.

Check yes/no to these questions...

Were you known as a clumsy child, or did your physical movements tend to be controlled by your conscious intellect?
Were you known as someone who had a large vocabulary at an early age? Often used BIG words?
Did you seem to have a much better than average memory?
Did you tend to miss the point of other people's satire or humor, and they often miss YOURS?
Were you teased as, or thought of as, 'different' than the other kids? Strange?
Were you sometimes told by others that you came off as "PHONEY"?
Were you bullied or teased a lot in school?
Did others tell you (or did YOU notice) you seem to lack empathy for the feelings of others?
As a child, did YOU hate to be touched (held or hugged), or did either of your PARENTS avoid physical contact?
Have you tended to have a very small set of, maybe just one or two, close friends?
Had trouble waiting 'your turn' when talking?
Often been told you speak without inflection, or in a monotone?
Do you often avoid looking at others in the face?
Do you tend to have a small set of very technical interests, at which you greatly excel?
When you explain stuff to others, do you often have difficulty in knowing when to stop?
Have you been told you have a tendency to stare?
Is your handwriting slow, blocky, or deliberate?
Do you often get excited about little things? Or have a tendency to overreact? Trouble letting it go?
Do you tend to sometimes blurt out something inappropriate?

Chronic Anxiety, Depression (especially adolescent), nonverbal Learning problems, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Social Anxiety?

Extended periods of laughing or crying without apparent cause?
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Angelina Jolie Aspergers Syndrome, Depression - suspected
                                                               
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2013, 03:41:35 AM »

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_strategies.htm
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2013, 04:05:18 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/12/08/susan-boyle-says-has-asperger-syndrome/

Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism -- and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition. Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago, who told her she had Asperger's and an above-average IQ. Boyle, 52, had learning difficulties as a child, which she was told were the result of brain damage from oxygen deprivation at birth. She struggled in school and was bullied by other children.

"I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me," Boyle said in the interview, published Sunday. "Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." The singer said she was glad she, and others, would now have a better understanding of the struggles she experiences.

"I would say I have relationship difficulties, communicative difficulties, which lead to a lot of frustration. If people were a bit more patient, that would help," she told the newspaper. "Asperger's doesn't define me. It's a condition that I have to live with and work through, but I feel more relaxed about myself. People will have a much greater understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do."

Check out this lady with a "higher than normal IQ": (Those familiar with Asperger's will recognize the symptoms)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/jca_p_3FcWA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/jca_p_3FcWA&rel=1</a>    

Susan realizes a lifetime dream:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/9o8PgJPUjfo&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/9o8PgJPUjfo&rel=1</a>    

The man who initially "managed" her new career:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/BztwQIWfP3w&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/BztwQIWfP3w&rel=1</a>        

The church volunteer from a small Scottish town became a global sensation when she sang the "Les Miserables" number "I Dreamed a Dream" on TV contest "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009. The contrast between her shy manner and soaring voice won Boyle legions of fans. She has sold more than 14 million records around the world and recently released her fourth album, "Home for Christmas." She makes her big-screen debut in holiday movie "The Christmas Candle."

Susan Boyle has opened up about her personal life, admitting in a new interview that she wants to start dating. “I want to find a man but it’s hard with all the traveling I do," the 52-year-old crooner told The Sun. "I really want to start going on dates and I’ve asked my friends to set me up with a good man -- if they can find one."

Last November, she told the Daily Mirror that she would "like that special someone in my life." However, when asked if she'd be willing to try Internet dating, she scoffed at the idea: "Internet dating? Are you having a laugh? Knowing my luck I'd go out on a date and you'd find my limbs scattered around various Blackburn dustbins."

In 2011, Boyle, who said at the time that she was in her twenties when she last had a boyfriend, admitted to the Daily Mail that she's cautious about giving her heart away to just any man. "I'll know when the right man comes along," she said. "I don’t want to be hurt again. Boys used to really make fun of me so I would like someone who was kind and someone who was not irresponsible and someone who’d treat me like a woman."

With some awareness of "the problem", she begins to "change for the better"...
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2013, 04:19:10 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yUuoq8CWeeU&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/yUuoq8CWeeU&rel=1</a>

Daryl Hannah opens up for the first time on her struggles with Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. In her first television interview about her affliction, she discusses how her family helped her deal with it when she was a child.




<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UBY2kc56URg&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/UBY2kc56URg&rel=1</a>

Daryl Hannah Reveals Her Autism to Hollywood
The actress talks about struggling with debilitating shyness.


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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/IFxWdpuyY6o&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/IFxWdpuyY6o&rel=1</a>


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10 Aspergers Symptoms
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/MDwXqGjohGg&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/MDwXqGjohGg&rel=1</a>
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 09:02:41 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/02/05/pentagon-study-from-2008-claims-putin-has-asperger-syndrome/

Interesting. Putin thought to have ASPERBERGER'S. Disconcerting, but what would THAT have to do with running a belligerent country? (And why would we seek to understand, rather than just have him "TAKEN OUT OF THE PICTURE?")

The autism spectrum includes AUTISM itself, ADD, ADHD, and Asperger's - as well as other "partial symptomology". We would look in immediate family, do other family members display:
- Excellent memory
- Blocky handwriting
- Very well developed vocabulary from a young age
- Deliberate (under "cerebral control") bodily movement
- As a young child, thought to be "clumsy" or accident-prone
- Usually has a small set of intimate friends
- Remembers saying something "awkward" that caused everyone to stop and look, or embarrassment, maybe decided to speak less in front of people
- Tends to "specialize" if a FEW "highly technical areas", displays remarkable knowledge of those fields
- At first, "doesn't like to be touched" by others, but grows out of it or adapts to hide this
- Dislikes looking at someone's face when talking, but has been told they have a tendency to stare
- Slower than others to pick up on the meanings and intentions of spoken conversation or directions
- Will appear "phoney" to others, because they learn to "act" in a certain manner long before it becomes "internalized"

Some Americans thought to have this condition:
- Bill Gates
- Angelina Jolie
- Thomas Edison
(And my PERSONAL GUESS, a large portion of prison populations)

Of my wife's 6 kids, when I met her 15 years ago and the youngest was about 15 at the time, I believe that MOST of them (as well as MY parents, all MY 4 grown children, and various cousins) ALL show "some symptomology". And I believe that with targeted compensation, we largely "grow out of this" between the ages of 30 - 40.

And remember that people with ASPERGER'S will NOT "take a hint", and often will not understand or appreciate jokes or sarcasm, while THEIR humor appears to others to have "reached to far" to make a point. If someone thinks, "You're bothering me, leave me alone", the only way a person with Asperger's will understand is if THAT is said PLAINLY and EXPLICITLY.

All this would become an interesting part of the "NO means NO" controversies.

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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/02/05/report-suggests-putin-has-aspergers-syndrome-whats-diagnosis/

...Putin is not the only public figure associated with autism. Some have speculated that Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Lewis Carroll, Andy Warhol, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart showed signs of the condition.

In 2013, the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the U.S., eliminated “Asperger’s disorder” as a diagnosis, merging the condition with autism.

Before the recent revisions to the DSM-5, Asperger's syndrome was considered to be a mild form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism (HFA). According to the Mayo Clinic, the core issues for children with autism include problems with social interaction, language and behavior. 

However, one of the main differences between Asperger's and autism is there is no speech delay in Asperger's, and the autistic symptoms are much less severe. Often times, individuals with Apserger's have good language skills, but their speech patterns may be unusual, and they may not pick up subtleties such as humor or sarcasm.

According to the Autism Society, while children with autism may seem uninterested in social interaction, those with Asperger's typically want to fit in and interact with others— but are incapable of knowing how to do so.

Another distinction between autism and Asperger's lies in cognitive ability. Autistic children may often possess intellectual disabilities, but individuals with Asperger's by definition cannot have an intellectual delay and often have above-average intelligence...
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 03:51:13 AM »

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 40. I disagree with the good memory trait.

I was an early talker.
I could argue as well as an adult by age five
I took forever to learn to walk
I was a "toe walker"
I hate to be touched
Light coming into a dark room through blinds cause me dizziness and nausea due to the pattern of light and darkness
Vibration and the sound of hair cutting freaks me out and I have not had a haircut since 1993
I lack the ability to realize social cues
I was described as being withdrawn as a child
I am ridged in may ways
Change causes me anxiety
I have poor eye contact and look at peoples' noses or mouths when talking to them
I sometimes lose my balance for no reason

You forgot to list Dan Akroyd as having Asperger's. I also do not belive Putin has Asperger's, but I do believe Hitler did. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 03:53:22 AM »

I also have social anxiety and a lot of panic attacks.  emot_omfg.gif
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 01:58:56 PM »

I believe that should read "excellent selective memory"--since only topics of interest are well-stored, while much else is deemed irrelevant and is often discarded.

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 02:26:37 PM »

I was diagnosed 4 years ago. I am 25 now. I said yes to all of them but the handwriting question.

The most difficult thing for me is seeking out sexual relationships. Sometimes I don't want to put in any effort into meeting the opposite sex because it is so confusing. Also sometimes I blackout at unexpected touch. Anyone have something that helps them out?
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2015, 08:25:08 PM »

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 40. I disagree with the good memory trait.

I was an early talker.
I could argue as well as an adult by age five
I took forever to learn to walk
I was a "toe walker"
I hate to be touched
Light coming into a dark room through blinds cause me dizziness and nausea due to the pattern of light and darkness
Vibration and the sound of hair cutting freaks me out and I have not had a haircut since 1993
I lack the ability to realize social cues
I was described as being withdrawn as a child
I am ridged in may ways
Change causes me anxiety
I have poor eye contact and look at peoples' noses or mouths when talking to them
I sometimes lose my balance for no reason

You forgot to list Dan Akroyd as having Asperger's. I also do not belive Putin has Asperger's, but I do believe Hitler did. Wink

Wow. I am SOME VARIATION of "all of the above". This is the first time I considered the "LIGHT" deal, as part of the Asperger's. For me, some combo of MORNING LIGHT coming thru a window, about once every 6 months, will cause an electric pattern to start in my center of field of vision, both eyes, and spiral slowly one time over the next hour, until it passes out of the edge of my vision. A "neon, electric, indian blanket", about the size of my hand if I hold it extended all the way out with palm facing me.

Somewhere around in my life, my coordination kicked in. Somewhere later, my social skills kicked in. I look back at giving a friend (same sex as me), in public, a "hug", and noticing the look of disapproval on his spouse's face. I don't blurt out things designed to make people uncomfortable, for the most part, now. We ALL have a little bit of the rainman in us - I look back at what we all assumed was a "photographic" memory, and laugh now as my day-to-day has holes in it, increasingly.
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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2016, 03:57:56 AM »

Were you known as a clumsy child, or did your physical movements tend to be controlled by your conscious intellect? No. Very not clumsy
Were you known as someone who had a large vocabulary at an early age? Often used BIG words? Yes, very much so. I used the word furthermore(correctly) when i was 5.
Did you seem to have a much better than average memory? Yes. Helps a lot
Did you tend to miss the point of other people's satire or humor, and they often miss YOURS? No.
Were you teased as, or thought of as, 'different' than the other kids? Strange? Yes
Were you sometimes told by others that you came off as "PHONEY"? Sometimes
Were you bullied or teased a lot in school? They tried
Did others tell you (or did YOU notice) you seem to lack empathy for the feelings of others? No
As a child, did YOU hate to be touched (held or hugged), or did either of your PARENTS avoid physical contact? Opposite
Have you tended to have a very small set of, maybe just one or two, close friends? Yes
Had trouble waiting 'your turn' when talking? No
Often been told you speak without inflection, or in a monotone? No
Do you often avoid looking at others in the face? Yes
Do you tend to have a small set of very technical interests, at which you greatly excel? Yes
When you explain stuff to others, do you often have difficulty in knowing when to stop? Yes
Have you been told you have a tendency to stare? Many times
Is your handwriting slow, blocky, or deliberate? No, pretty
Do you often get excited about little things? Or have a tendency to overreact? Trouble letting it go? No
Do you tend to sometimes blurt out something inappropriate? No

Chronic Anxiety, Depression (especially adolescent), nonverbal Learning problems, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Social Anxiety? Anxiety. OCD

Extended periods of laughing or crying without apparent cause? Not without cause
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2016, 07:10:06 PM »

I know Faye Kane is autistic and at one time I used to follow her blog which is now deceased (apparently through hacker activity).

So it's not always just the 'aggressive' side of autism; some autists also prefer the 'passive' or 'submissive' side.

On a forum I used to run one of my members was an autistic male who was also a 'switch' who sometimes wanted to be dominant and sometimes submissive.
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2017, 07:57:23 AM »

I've been diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome, but have my answers and qualifiers anyway...

Were you known as a clumsy child, or did your physical movements tend to be controlled by your conscious intellect?
Clumsy, but medical reasons other than Asperger's contributed to this.

Were you known as someone who had a large vocabulary at an early age? Often used BIG words?
Yeah; I read a lot and used words I'd seen in books.

Did you seem to have a much better than average memory?
With the qualifier above that the memory thing seems to be excellent selective memory; yeah.

Did you tend to miss the point of other people's satire or humor, and they often miss YOURS?
Yup, definitely.

Were you teased as, or thought of as, 'different' than the other kids? Strange?
Yeah. School wasn't fun.

Were you sometimes told by others that you came off as "PHONEY"?
I dunno. I remember that people tried to 'help' by saying 'we'd like you if you changed' but no one could/would? actually say something like "if you offered to fuck us after dates instead of keeping your legs closed". If they had, I would've had a clue as to what needed to change.

Were you bullied or teased a lot in school?
Yes.

Did others tell you (or did YOU notice) you seem to lack empathy for the feelings of others?
I think I was told?

As a child, did YOU hate to be touched (held or hugged), or did either of your PARENTS avoid physical contact?
I didn't like to be touched except by certain people, but this was not wholly due to Aspergers.

Have you tended to have a very small set of, maybe just one or two, close friends?
Yes, definitely. A part of this is due to finances--I don't have money to go out as much as other people would like, and this has tended to mean that I'm not worth bothering with.

Had trouble waiting 'your turn' when talking?
Uh... I think the answer is yes, but I grew out of this/learned better eventually. May still be prone to the *hear comment, blurt out relevant fact* thing, which is sort of like this question's purview.

Often been told you speak without inflection, or in a monotone?
I think so?

Do you often avoid looking at others in the face?
...I want to, but I really can't.

Do you tend to have a small set of very technical interests, at which you greatly excel?
...yes.

When you explain stuff to others, do you often have difficulty in knowing when to stop?
Depends mostly on the subject.

Have you been told you have a tendency to stare?
Does it count if it's boobs? :-P Uh... hmm. I guess maybe I might 'stare' at someone in that I am looking in their direction but I am not looking at them as such?

Is your handwriting slow, blocky, or deliberate?
My handwriting is a fucking unreadable mess. So yes, if I want it to be readable, then it has to be as above.

Do you often get excited about little things? Or have a tendency to overreact? Trouble letting it go?
Yes, I can get excited about little things, but from my perspective they're not little to me? Like for example, I've heard that Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson (original Green and Pink Rangers) have a cameo in the 2017 Power Rangers movie. To me, this is a freaking awesome throwback to the original series, yet others might go "eh, whatever". And I SQUEED at the closing credit scene with Tommy's green bag and the teacher being all "Tommy Oliver?" Because OMG WHAT A GREAT TEASER FOR THE NEXT MOVIE.

...so yeah, I probably proved that one. :-P

The way I read the second question... I feel like it's asking if one overreacts without real cause? And while I likely did so in childhood... I feel like, as said in an earlier answer, I grew up/learned better eventually.

Let me put it this way: I'm lucky enough to not be allergic to anything, but if I were allergic to shellfish, say, and I told my boy/girlfriend this, yet every time they made dinner for me, they forgot I was allergic, I'm going to blow my stack eventually, and to me, this is not an overreaction as such because it's a reaction to the constant disregard of the boundary I've explicitly requested over and over be respected.

Do you tend to sometimes blurt out something inappropriate?
...probably. And I usually don't realise it is until too late.

Chronic Anxiety, Depression (especially adolescent), nonverbal Learning problems, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Social Anxiety?
Chronic depression since before adolescence, a perhaps on the nonverbal learning problems, and maybe slight social anxiety? I really do prefer one on one...

Extended periods of laughing or crying without apparent cause?
Honestly, not sure. It's equally possible either way.
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2017, 02:38:36 PM »

I self-diagnosed myself as having a modest form of this years ago. Basically based on yes answers to many of these types of questions.

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Did you tend to miss the point of other people's satire or humor, and they often miss YOURS? As a child, often, but less so with experience.
Were you teased as, or thought of as, 'different' than the other kids? Strange? This was the default.
Were you sometimes told by others that you came off as "PHONEY"? No, but I figured it out that this was happening.
Were you bullied or teased a lot in school? Default
Did others tell you (or did YOU notice) you seem to lack empathy for the feelings of others? Yes, and I consider this to be the biggest tragedy of Aspergers, at least for me. I have some empathy for other people, but most people have more. Worse is that for whatever I do have, I am definitely not good at showing or expressing it. This is one of the reasons I don't react to bad news by posters here with as many regrets and condolences as others. I read what I try to write as mechanical and condescending, and better if left unposted.
As a child, did YOU hate to be touched (held or hugged), or did either of your PARENTS avoid physical contact? Yes, and it continues today to some extent. It doesn't help that I am crazy ticklish. This bothers my wife, so it bothers me.
Have you tended to have a very small set of, maybe just one or two, close friends? yes, but this improves yearly
Often been told you speak without inflection, or in a monotone? A roommate in college said I talked to my family with the same tone I would use to speak to the phone company.
When you explain stuff to others, do you often have difficulty in knowing when to stop? Yes
Do you often get excited about little things? Or have a tendency to overreact? Trouble letting it go? yes
Do you tend to sometimes blurt out something inappropriate? Not lately. Age provides wisdom that substitutes for instinct. But I've sure put my foot in my mouth plenty.

And some others I've read:

- I don't care for crowds at all. Being around that many people is stressful.
- I have a hypersensitivity to some touches. Extremely soft fabrics creep me out and seem unnatural.
- I don't speak like I write. When I write, the pace of my words and brain can synchronize. When I talk, there are no guarantees. This has become vastly improved with time, as I am now in my mid forties and speaking well is a skill that can be learned. I also discovered that Aspergers doesn't mean you can't have an inner wise-ass or thoroughly enjoy hamming it up while speaking to people. Ironically, I have less fear of public speaking than I think most of the population does (unless I'm just flat-out unprepared or something). I still loathe small-talk with strangers, or even sometimes with people I know.
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