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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Expressing Doubts: First Scientific Refutal Of Asperger's

Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 11:26 am 

Replies: 151
Views: 7,597

Autism disorders aren't real for the same reason being gay isn't an illness. <snip> There is no switch that toggles whether one is born with attention deficit disorder; rather, based off parents, random mutations occur which may favor(or not) any number of basic attributes in personality, including...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspies think too much?

Posted: 13 Jun 2013, 1:44 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,231

Aspies are supposed to lack empathy and care. Am I missing something here? Yes. The current/emerging understanding seems to be that, while Aspies/Auties may not pick up on subtle cues, when they are aware of a traumatic/happy/exciting situation that others are going through, they empathize quite st...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Telling if someone is "fake"

Posted: 13 Jun 2013, 1:33 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 2,883

I'm afraid I don't really have any useful advice to give. I've been burned this way so many times, I now assume people are fake until they build up a track record over time. Since I am resistant to their overtures, few keep trying long enough for me to believe they are genuine in their desire to be ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Merry Christmas!

Posted: 13 Jun 2013, 1:17 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 4,686

I am celebrating Christmas today. Not for religious or political reasons, but because my sister and I didn't get around to spending our amazon gift card money until very recently. Besides, we all could use more holiday cheer throughout the year. Merry Christmas everyone, everywhere, all the time! :...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Music and Lyrics

Posted: 03 Jun 2013, 10:03 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 2,554

I tend to pay very close attention to lyrics. While I still have problems with it, they helped me learn to better recognize emotions, both in myself and others. They also taught me a good deal about how to express my own emotions, although directly quoting song lyrics to do so (early teens) probably...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: My accomplishments maybe aren't that legit

Posted: 02 Jun 2013, 12:48 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 932

Putting out fires from work: I can do it only if it fits into a scenario that I've learned before. I do rely on advice from my coworkers in order to carry through. Like today, I had no clue at first, until my coworker started giving pointers. After some "hints," the path I needed to take became cle...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The Wired Differently Whisperer: Autism Discussion Page

Posted: 17 May 2013, 10:25 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 3,916

I like Bill's page. He's very much about "difference not defect," "presume competence," "if you want to understand autism, ask an autistic," and the like. IOW, he respects the people he works with. He specializes in kids, professionally, so I find that some of his stuff is a bit too parent-oriented ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspie Quiz

Posted: 14 May 2013, 3:01 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 1,641

Not much love for the Aspie Quiz in this thread. And yet, most of the objections raised apply to ANY test taken in a non-clinical setting. All of the tests have questions which some people see as "bad" or "vague." The test-taker's frame of mind will affect how they answer on any test. R-dos' theory ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: A lot of people ‘can’t belong’ in our clothes

Posted: 09 May 2013, 11:59 am 

Replies: 45
Views: 4,285

I have never understood the appeal of A&F. They seem like one of those things that's cool "just because" - there's nothing special about them. Other than the actual label, you could easily duplicate that "look" in darn near any store in the US. I'm not "anti-label," either. I happen to very much...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I thought I didn't need a diagnosis or treatment - WRONG!

Posted: 08 May 2013, 11:19 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 2,695

I agree with Donkeybuster's suggestion that you find the doctor you want, and ask for a referral to that doctor. The reason I suggested the Autism Society is that they (generally) are a good source of information for services available in areas where they have local chapters - and they have them all...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I thought I didn't need a diagnosis or treatment - WRONG!

Posted: 07 May 2013, 7:50 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 2,695

I agree that you should find a doctor who is experienced in working with adult autistics. You may (or may not) be correct in your belief that you are on the spectrum, but an ASD expert is the best person to confirm/disprove this. I cannot give any specific suggestions on how to find such a person in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asheville aspies?

Posted: 06 May 2013, 4:46 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,598

All of y'all Asheville Autistics, whether Aspie or otherwise, may be interested in this: link> <link Seems like it might be a good place to make some connections, for those who wish to do so. :D Asheville isn't too terribly far away from Columbia, SC, and I'm gonna try to...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspie culture is needed why can't people see that.

Posted: 30 Apr 2013, 7:40 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 3,859

... Culture= learned patterns of behavior that are shared so people can adapt to an environment ... Current Aspie culture seems to involve: ⋅  Blaming others for our screw-ups ⋅  Making snarky comments about NTs ⋅  Complaining about how this website is set up ⋅&nb...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How Can I Overcome Social Anxiety?

Posted: 22 Mar 2013, 1:17 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,272

belikeh2o wrote:
Try working retail for a few years.

Why do you hate the OP?

Retail . . . doing it now. . . . *shudder*

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Hate Crime?

Posted: 22 Mar 2013, 1:08 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 2,456

It is a hate crime. It is a homophobic crime. It is an ableist crime. <snip> Stay home. Stay down. Stay quiet. Stay safe. No. NO. H311 NO ! That approach *may* help you, personally, but it has NEVER helped a "people". Didn't help Jews against Romans - or Nazis. Didn't help Native Americans against ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how many aspies here are undiagnosed or unsure

Posted: 15 Mar 2013, 2:55 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,805

Self diagnosed, and I'm ok with that. If the diagnosis of Aspergers had been available when I was, like, 12, I have no doubt whatsoever that I would have gotten one then. By the time it was added in 1994, I was 34 years old (or 33, depending on what month they released the revision :lol: ), and, whi...
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