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HermioneG
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Yesterday, 10:43 am

Good morning fellow wizards and muggles alike. Or Good afternoon/evening if you're somewhere else in the world.

I've always wondered why we must use greetings like "good morning". Supposing it wasn't a good morning? And why must I acknowledge another person anyway to be considered "polite"? And if I chose to acknowledge someone, my natural inclination wouldn't to be to remark on the morning. Meh, that's a topic I suppose for another thread.

Hello. I'm HermioneG or 'Mione for short. As yet undiagnosed officially but working on determining how to get an official diagnosis from a psychologist. I've read loads of information on the internet on Autism Spectrum Disorder (which now includes the earlier separate diagnosis of Aspergers). I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with getting lost in your special interest(s) for hours upon hours, days, and even weeks, months, etc. Finding out more about ASD has become my new obsession. I have to keep from talking my partner's ear off about it every chance I get. It's difficult.

I've always felt a bit out of the loop as far as fitting in goes: difficulty understanding people's conversations and body language, taking things literally all the time, etc. Reading about ASD really put things into perspective. I've had so many "Aha!" moments where it felt like a brick to the face that yes, that's exactly what I have been struggling with all my life. My family doesn't agree with my self-diagnosis but as an example, I took the infamous Aspie Quiz (results in my signiture) and compared it to that of a family member and where my scores are high in the neurodiverse area and low in the neurotypical area, her results were clearly opposite (low neurodiversity, highly neurotypical). She's still convinced that despite this and my 42/50 AQ test scoring that I'm perfectly normal and just socially awkward.

I figure even though I'm an adult that slipped through the cracks being diagnosed, it would be helpful to have a clear diagnosis. Perhaps I wouldn't struggle so much in figuring out and mastering the college experience. It seems I can never make my mind up for long and stick with something. I'm forever changing majors etc. Having more resources available to me that are geared towards someone on the spectrum would be really helpful.

As some background, I come from a highly religious family who chose to home educate on religious grounds. It's taken years to break out of the brainwashing and redetermine what is fact and what is speculation. Just how much I was being sheltered and being fed false information. I have found a new love of science and having always been an information sponge, I hope to make up for lost time discovering how the world works and the mysteries of the universe. Thinking back, what a waste it was memorizing hundreds of bible verses. lol There was so much my brain could have been doing instead! I hope this doesn't offend anyone who still ascribes to a particular religious belief system. I'm just not a fan personally of fundamentalism. Feel free to believe whatever you like.

I look forward to commenting and starting threads around the forum and reading what others think about certain subjects. :)


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Aspie Quiz Results:
Your neurodiverse (Aspie) score: 151 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 64 of 200
You are very likely neurodiverse (Aspie)
~Unofficially diagnosed but fairly certain based on personal research that I am an Aspie~


MagicKnight
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Yesterday, 11:10 am

HermioneG wrote:
Hello. I'm HermioneG or 'Mione for short. As yet undiagnosed officially but working on determining how to get an official diagnosis from a psychologist.


Welcome and hello to you, too.

HermioneG wrote:
I've always felt a bit out of the loop as far as fitting in goes: difficulty understanding people's conversations and body language, taking things literally all the time, etc. Reading about ASD really put things into perspective. I've had so many "Aha!" moments where it felt like a brick to the face that yes, that's exactly what I have been struggling with all my life. My family doesn't agree with my self-diagnosis but as an example, I took the infamous Aspie Quiz


Despite being officially diagnosed, the few people to whom I've told about it either don't believe it or don't get it so I don't talk about ASD outside anonymous, specialised circles.

HermioneG wrote:
As some background, I come from a highly religious family who chose to home educate on religious grounds. It's taken years to break out of the brainwashing and redetermine what is fact and what is speculation.


I know what you mean, totally relate to that.

Maybe this won't help much but religious knowledge isn't totally useless. Religion still plays a big part in human existence and from an anthropological perspective at least, one can learn lots from that. When religions stop being so widespread (or if that fortunate day finally comes), they will still be relevant because they will portray what kind of humans we were in ancient times.

If you are tolerant, curious and like to read, religion makes for an even more interesting subject when you're an atheist.

HermioneG wrote:
I look forward to commenting and starting threads around the forum and reading what others think about certain subjects. :)


See you soon. Last but not least - and I'm used to say this to every new member - please seek a serious, official diagnosis from a professional and I really hope that you aren't on the spectrum.

Cheers.



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Yesterday, 9:03 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :)


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