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 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: I wonder if you ever found yourself acting like sociopaths?

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 5:50 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 420

Before I learned more about ASD there was a time that I seriously wondered if I was a really well-trained sociopath. Something vaguely akin to Dexter. I think the biggest difference between an autistic and a sociopath is the former might not feel much empathy but will feel some especially for close ...

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: How to get started in getting assessed as an adult?

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 5:36 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 53

I asked my GP for a referral and he just pointed me to the directory on Psychology Today. There were very few near me that seemed qualified (I needed both ASD and ADHD evaluated) and also took my insurance. I sent messages to two; one never responded and the email for the other one bounced. I got re...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: I cannot understand when people are lying

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 4:56 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,724

I think a lot of NT people struggle with recognizing lies and sarcasm. My sarcasm is sometimes hard to detect because instead of a typical sarcastic tone I would deliver it deadpan. A close friend, who is NT, would often be fooled. Five minutes later he would abruptly turn to Mr an say "You wer...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: What was the biggest tantrum you remember (over 10)?

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 3:34 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,568

As with most teenagers, I hated my mother lecturing me. It wasn't even so much the topics she would lecture me about; it was her tendency to be very long-winded and repetitive in the delivery. She'd go on for 20-30 minutes when 5 minutes would have sufficed, boring me more than a church service. Aft...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Autistic adult social group

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 3:19 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,249

If there was a group in my area I would certainly give it a try, in the hopes of meeting people on a similiar wavelength. However, I would also be a little apprehensive. My in-person encounters with autistic people have been challenging. I helped with an autism event a few years ago and all the loud...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Why I left social media.

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 3:00 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 1,877

For instance, the reason I left facebook many years ago was due to the show and tell nature of the whole website. That's actually my favorite thing about Facebook. "Here are my vacation photos. I can post them in one place for everyone to see and ask any questions." I really like that kin...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: Officially Diganosed Today (And How I Got There)

Posted: 16 Jun 2023, 2:48 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 499

Today I got my formal diagnosis of very-high-functioning ASD and probable secondary inattentive ADHD. I'm in my 40s. When I was growing up, I didn't know anybody with autism. I knew a few people with ADHD in high school, but they were all classic hyperactive ADHD - outwardly chaotic, energetic, and ...
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