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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is your #1 special interest?

Posted: 28 Jun 2010, 12:50 am 

Replies: 106
Views: 9,952

I've been obsessed with a band for about 15 years, tho there were some years in there when I wasn't paying much attention to them. But I'm not obsessed with music in general.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Concerned, getting diagnosed?

Posted: 26 Jun 2010, 10:44 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,416

I was diagnosed as not-quite-AS myself, but definitely on the spectrum. The specialist said that women only rarely meet all the criteria for AS.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dysthymic Disorder

Posted: 26 Jun 2010, 10:39 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 6,047

Dysthymic disorder just means you're somewhat depressed but not enough for a Dx of depression. I don't think it's a worrisome diagnosis. And if the As is causing you any kind of problems, then it follows that you would be feeling anxious.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Differences between giftedness and Asperger

Posted: 26 Jun 2010, 10:33 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 17,042

The article and the quotes from the book (that are in the article) sound like the words of an anxious parent desperately grasping at straws to prove to him/herself that his/her child is not autistic. It seems fairly obvious to me that there are gifted people who don't have AS, but why put so much ef...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are autistic people more immature

Posted: 26 Jun 2010, 10:09 pm 

Replies: 88
Views: 30,787

I think I am emotionally immature in that I get very hurt if someone I like says something spiteful or sarcastic to me, or is manipulative in ways I am too naive to expect. I also get very excited and happy over things like my favorite band. And I am 46... :D But I'm not childish. I don't expect to ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do neurotypicals become stupid as they enter adulthood?

Posted: 26 Jun 2010, 5:38 am 

Replies: 64
Views: 17,307

This does not apply generally to all NTs, but I have know quite a few people who are very set in their ways, and who don't think about what they do or what they believe, they just follow convention. I find this disturbing, because these are the people who supported a president who lied to start two ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Adult bullying

Posted: 25 Jun 2010, 11:16 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 1,943

I don't have a job but I've dealt with adult bullying at a place where I volunteered and with a circle of women friends I knew mostly just online. (I knew one of them in person, and she was the only one who was willing to stick by me, but only if I said that the bully and I were just "too different ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Desperate Measures

Posted: 25 Jun 2010, 3:39 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,751

There are shows on TV that have organizers come and clean up someone's house. You can use their strategy on your own, perhaps, if it isn't too overwhelming for you. Essentially, you go through your stuff and separate it into three piles: stuff to throw away, stuff to give to Goodwill or the Salvatio...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how should kids handle bullys

Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 3:28 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,892

This isn't going to work against really awful cruel bullies, but one thing I learned when I was much older is that if somone is taunting you, for instance if they steal your pen (or some other object) and then keep moving it from one hand to the other so that you're helplessly trying to snatch it fi...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What kind of car/truck/motorcycle do you have or want?

Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 3:13 am 

Replies: 82
Views: 12,588

I don't have a car and don't want one. It's way too expensive for me, and I don't like the fact that cars do so much damage to the environment. I ride my bike or take public transportation. But since this thread is more about fantasy cars, I do think that the Mini Cooper is rather cute and stylish. :)

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Ways Girls May Mask ASD

Posted: 24 Jun 2010, 3:09 am 

Replies: 146
Views: 18,697

what a mess. it's terrible - i may be undiagnosable because i can carry on a conversation, and yet i have been unable to achieve any of the major milestones by which most people measure their successes in life. it is a trail of burned bridges and financial ruin and corpses of friendships .. i am ju...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Ways Girls May Mask ASD

Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 10:38 pm 

Replies: 146
Views: 18,697

if i manage to figure out someone is interested in me (which has to be stated outright or obvious beyond mistake) i still am in the dark as to the depth or nature of the interest, and have mistaken physical interest for relationships in development more times than i care to count. apparently words ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Difficulty reading these forums

Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 9:43 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,580

I see a lot of people here who seem haunted by their aloneness, and I wonder if we couldn't be more active somehow in finding ways to relieve that among ourselves here on WP. That's the idea, but a forum is kind of like looking out the window and hoping you see something that catches your eye. It's...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Eye contact question

Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 9:39 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 3,442

distraction: can't remember what i'm talking about trouble understand what other person is saying (so i look at their mouths) but also: feels startling and over-intimate I can't even follow what characters on TV are saying if I look at their eyes. I always look at the mouths. But I can look at some...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Ways Girls May Mask ASD

Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 9:15 pm 

Replies: 146
Views: 18,697

I haven't been paying attention to the issue of the proposed changes in the DSM V but now that I've looked at them I find them quite alarming. The definition is greatly narrowed and seems to almost exclude AS as an autism spectrum diagnosis except in the most stereotypical cases, which is absurd bec...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Angry Music

 Post subject: Re: Angry Music
Posted: 22 Jun 2010, 5:41 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 3,403

Considering the actions of the dominant economic, political and religious institutions .... i'd say people in this world aren't angry ENOUGH. Considering that the people who make up these institutions are morally speaking, probably WORSE than the nazis, i'd say that's reason for some anger. After a...
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