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 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: What is so bad about Autism Speaks nowadays?

Posted: 15 Dec 2019, 3:23 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 2,278


Autism speaks has to walk the tightrope between those who are high functioning aspies, who work, have families and are hardly disabled at all, who like their autism and those who are profoundly disabled and hate autism. The day they come down on one side is the day they no longer represent all autis...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspergers and Bad Thoughts

Posted: 11 Dec 2019, 10:54 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 535


Theres a difference between neurosis and psychosis. In psychosis like schizophrenia someone may act upon their thoughts and they need to urgently speak to their therapist or call 911 if they feel like they are on the verge of doing something bad. Neurosis is just anxiety where the sufferer lives in ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Society Needs to Talk About the Abuse of Autistic People

Posted: 11 Dec 2019, 4:41 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 902


All these cases are a terrible tragedy of course. But the wider issue is the reality that for the majority autism is a terrible tragic condition to have to all but the most high functioning of cases that are picked up in latter life. The simple fact is society finds it difficult to deal with fully g...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspergers and Bad Thoughts

Posted: 10 Dec 2019, 2:09 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 535


What your referring to are called intrusive thoughts. I read a good book on anxiety some 20 years back that said to get rid of them you have to stop fearing them when they happen. To do that means going along with them, add some imagination as well. For example someone with a fear thought of running...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger and autism

 Post subject: Re: Asperger and autism
Posted: 06 Dec 2019, 8:54 am 

Replies: 61
Views: 1,469


Anyone got a link for the old dsm IV autism diagnostic list in the same format that AsPartOfMe posted the aspie one?

For comparison in the two

Or better still an official guide on distinguishing between them for assessors?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger and autism

 Post subject: Re: Asperger and autism
Posted: 05 Dec 2019, 3:22 pm 

Replies: 61
Views: 1,469


Unless intellectually disabled should have been Aspergers because echolalia, hand flapping are repetitive behaviors. "Little Professor" is a stereotype, not the diagnostic criteria in the DSM IV DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger's Disorder Thanks for the link interesting So really f...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Asperger and autism

 Post subject: Re: Asperger and autism
Posted: 05 Dec 2019, 10:51 am 

Replies: 61
Views: 1,469


The problem is there is an overlap between the two, about 20% of asd toddlers speak on time and stay speaking with no regression. So by definition of no language delay they fit the aspie category? But they have echolallia, hand flapping and a whole load of other stuff that doesnt fit the little prof...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 04 Dec 2019, 10:59 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


Its unlikely they'll be a total cure in our lifetime, what you'll have is varrious treatments to many of the symptoms like sensory problems and axiety. Of course getting there with these require the goal of cure even if its not realistic. As far as fetuses are concerned it will just be presented as ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 03 Dec 2019, 11:16 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


I'm not above critiquing ASAN either (obviously) but how is the fear of forced treatment unrealistic? If Autism is badly stigmatized enough, a cure could be forced on some, or doctors could be dishonest with patients in order to coerce them into taking their drugs. Big Pharma has a death grip on mo...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 02 Dec 2019, 3:30 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


I’m for free choice if a cure is ever was found, you don’t want to be cured in principal good for you, just don’t be cured if one was ever found, really simple, not so hard a decision is it?, to not walk to your doctors, go in and say put me down for the new autism treatment xyz! Or to say to your d...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Bus-drivers banned from wearing Xmas jumpers

Posted: 02 Dec 2019, 8:32 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 546


Unfortunatly these kind of acts rather than helping anyone causes resentment rather than understanding among ordinary people, as they rightly see it as a minority imposing its will on the majority. Bit like the flappause instead of clapping at an autism conference recently. Many serious NT invitees ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why bother when the odds are stacked up against you?

Posted: 01 Dec 2019, 8:13 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 804


I'm 23, my life is a mess, and I'm trying to figure out why continue living when the statistics are against me. - Unemployment among adults with autism — most of them higher functioning than my brother — is common. An estimated 90 percent of adults with autism are unemployed or underemployed. - The...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Blurry lines between autism and it’s comorbidities

Posted: 29 Nov 2019, 8:52 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 539


The problem is people look at autism in the same way as a disease where theres a pure form of it i.e theres a pure form of Tuberculosis for example. Theres huge irony in this as many critise those who treat autism as a disease,but those who critise still think like this even if its unconsciously. Au...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 28 Nov 2019, 4:35 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


I foolishly left out epilepsy on the subject of co morbids. Epilepsy is no minor condition and effects 30% of us and can kill just on its own or via falls and accidents. Can also cause brain damage as i know someone with epilepsy whos damage showed on an mri scan and has serious memory problems from...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 28 Nov 2019, 9:46 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


This is why the question raised in the other thread about comorbids is so important. If epilepsy, depression, anxiety, stomach issues, executive dysfunctions, OCD and all the other conditions now considered common comorbids are actually autistic symptoms then autism is the horrible disease ND oppon...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: ASAN Position statements

Posted: 27 Nov 2019, 4:52 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 949


Mona posted an interesting quote on the other thread from Neurodiversity founder Judy Singer. Basically, she said Neurodiversity was just about acceptance and understanding of disabilities: quote :"But I never intended my passion for rights for Neurodiverse populations to mean that everything n...
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