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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Neurology of Asperger's - Neurology of Autism

Posted: 27 Jul 2010, 6:09 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 2,916


It's not that simple. Nobody knows the true answer to that. Everyone finds different parts of the brain involved at different times, meaning it is some combination of different for different people, and less about which part of the brain functions a certain way, but more about how the brain functio...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger's & dyscalculia?

Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 6:53 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 9,733


Consider assigning a color, shape, sound, texture, or even a word to each of the ten digits used to represent numbers. This strategy is often employed by mentalists when performing feats of memory, or for memorizing telephone numbers, bank acct. numbers, etc. If you have synesthesia (not uncommon in...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: NT Needs Aspie Advice!

Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 9:27 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,050


I have the same experience of wanting to absent myself at social gatherings, which I avoid to the utmost. There is simply too much going on: too many voices and words and other sounds, along with all the sights of clothing and hair and shoes, plus the background visual environment (e.g.: pictures on...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Seattle therapy

Posted: 04 Jul 2010, 9:18 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 450


Never heard of that org and have been in the Seattle area for eight years, seeing a variety of psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists during this time. None of these people, several of whom are autism/AS specialists, ever mentioned it.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Anyone an awkward clueless observer?

Posted: 15 May 2010, 2:46 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 1,602


Happened to me throughout public school and university, though I always volunteered to work alone rather than be in a group. In college I just got into the habit of not showing up for group sessions, since I discovered they didn't actually count toward my grades. Same in grad school. Like you, I hav...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Light sensitive?

Posted: 15 May 2010, 2:31 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 4,380


Extremely sensitive to sunlight, or any other strong light source. My home has blackout shades over the windows, and I basically "estivate" (opposite of hibernate), starting my hiding around this time of year and ending it as Sept. approaches. Sunlight on my skin is physically painful. And even dark...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: A Different Type of Autism? Help!

Posted: 15 Jan 2010, 10:56 pm 

Replies: 56
Views: 5,162


SPD or related neuropsychiatric disorders could account for your "motor issues", MikeyPikey92. But as others have said, your apparent lack of social difficulties and limits puts you off the spectrum. Regardless of the source or nature of your motor issues and their similarity to stimming, it's not b...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: 39-year old female with probable aspergers...

Posted: 15 Jan 2010, 10:50 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 2,636


I was diagnosed with AS around age 40, a few years ago. Growing up I was given a variety of "borderline" diagnoses, from prodromal schizophrenia to various forms of mania. As a quiet introvert with poor social skills, I was an easy target for other boys in my elementary school, and teachers there sa...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Can puberty cause mental illness?

Posted: 15 Jan 2010, 10:44 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 11,290


True about psych conditions emerging during the teen years. Also, more conditions, such as bipolar 1 and OCD, are being recognized in younger people these days. It's not clear what role hormones play in this pattern, but they seem significant, directly or indirectly. Medication choices and dosing fo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Any solitary learners here?

Posted: 12 Jan 2010, 4:56 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 3,422


Is there any other way to learn? I read and memorize, plus process, and end up learning what I want to. I survived public school and university by simply memorizing textbooks and classroom materials, not based on group work, lab partners, or team projects, all of which I avoided (I'd willingly be a ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: All the 'special diets'

Posted: 12 Jan 2010, 4:52 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 7,011


As others said, most people with an ASD do not seem to have food issues. Those that do generally find an almost immediate benefit to eliminating the food/ingredient in question. So it's worth trying an elimination diet to see what happens. As DW_a_mom points out, the food in question may not be mllk...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it possible to have AS and be a narcissist?

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 5:27 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 2,338


I've asked a psychiatrist friend about this question, and also gotten views from others in the mental health profession about it. Plus I've read some books. Anyone can have narcissistic traits, but that is qualitatively different from having narcissistic personality disorder. It is, according to my ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspies and clothes

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 5:19 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 5,905


I wear clothes until I wear them out. Completely. I've had family and friends after me about my clothes for many years, but they have mostly given up (I'm 40+, so I've worn them out too I suppose). My cats have nothing to say about my clothing, though they do like to sleep in piles of laundry or pla...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger's is a made up disease.

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 5:15 pm 

Replies: 32
Views: 8,177


Someone would have to account for why Hans Asperger "made up" the children he evaluated in the 1940s in Europe, where money-hungry docs and pharma firms didn't exist as they are thought of today.

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Kim Peek is dead

Posted: 21 Dec 2009, 8:05 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 7,208


Unfortunate and true. I always find it interesting that Kim Peek is mentioned in relation to autism even though he did not have autism (unless I'm mistaken about that, but Wikipedia agrees with me). Kim Peek should be an inspiration to anyone with any sort of neurologically-based difference or defic...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism theory: Hypovitaminosis D

Posted: 21 Dec 2009, 8:01 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 547


Interesting find. But the PubMed entry only shows the abstract of the research article, which leaves me wanting a whole lot more. Besides, the article is merely talking about a variety of correlations that may or may not contribute to the development of ASDs. They authors point out that they have a ...
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