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Angnix
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10 Dec 2010, 11:11 pm

One of the things I do despite dx is rock when I'm really upset or if I'm anxious about something. I find it embarrassing. I start doing it automatically and then it comes into consciousness and I stop and look around to see if anyone seen me.

Just wondering.


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10 Dec 2010, 11:15 pm

I do it all the time in my chair when working. It is just what I do.



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10 Dec 2010, 11:23 pm

People might've noticed, but so what? Everyone does something when they're nervous. Rocking really doesn't make you stand out that much.



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10 Dec 2010, 11:23 pm

I do it subconsciously when I'm talking to someone one on one and am trying to understand the situation but it's subtle and not for very long. In private I do it freely but usually don't do it for very long,



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10 Dec 2010, 11:25 pm

Angnix wrote:
One of the things I do despite dx is rock when I'm really upset or if I'm anxious about something. I find it embarrassing. I start doing it automatically and then it comes into consciousness and I stop and look around to see if anyone seen me.

Just wondering.


Never did this...and I find it strange that when I mention I have AS, that people compulsively ask if I do.

The criteria states...

(II) Restricted repetitive & stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

And this is the one that I meet.
(A) encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus

(B) apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
(C) stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g. hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
(D) persistent preoccupation with parts of objects



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10 Dec 2010, 11:33 pm

I'm a big time rocker and try not to do it in front of others but I have caught myself while I was watching tv with friends, I became so absorbed in the show, I didn't realize I was doing it. I was so embarassed.

When I was younger, I had more of a problem with it and my step-father would sometimes smack me hard upside my head. I had to pay attention and try not to get so absorbed I forgot that I was rocking.


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10 Dec 2010, 11:41 pm

never, I am going to rock all night long!


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10 Dec 2010, 11:50 pm

I never realized rocking was a symptom of autism until recently, it's stuff like this that is making me go to the state to get diagnosed. Always suspected it but the stimming is unusual to say the least. I demand a refund.



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10 Dec 2010, 11:53 pm

No. I don't rock, consciously. But, my knuckles look like crap from chewing on them.



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10 Dec 2010, 11:57 pm

When I was younger, my mom was disapproving (she would stand in my way if I was pacing, for example) of any stimming type behavior. So I kind of stop the urge before I start just out of habit. But now that I live by myself I'm letting myself start again. So, if it does bother you, you do have the ability to stop yourself, but I don't see a problem with it.



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11 Dec 2010, 12:03 am

I rock when I'm in a chair that allows me to (such as the office chair I'm sitting in now.) When I'm on my own, I don't bother controlling it, but I do if others are around.


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11 Dec 2010, 12:11 am

In the past 6 months the rocking really upset me. Someone said to me is that because of your autism. I was not even aware of it but another time I nearly tipped over when standing. So a behaviorist called that stimming but I didn't like that either. I think its how my mind regulates and equalizes my internal mechanisms whatever those are. I am not sure what triggers it but I did notice one time when someone was to intense in conversation my mind got foggy and they asked why I was doing it and I didn't even know I was doing it. Ultimately it is very bad I think to bother noticing it or even stopping the behavior because of appearing weird. Yet there are those with autism I know that do it with great vigor and persistently. I hate noticing and figuring out my own behavior.

If my body does it even when my mind is not aware of it then it's ok so it is not an illness.



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11 Dec 2010, 12:53 am

I rock gently if I am not jiggling my leg or pressing down on the knuckles of my hand. I usually stop when I notice it unless I'm with other aspies. But when I stop paying attention, I'll start up again. The only time I am not fidgeting is when I am reading.



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11 Dec 2010, 2:41 am

When I was in second grade my special education teacher thought my rocking made me look like a mental patient and it made her nervous. She tried putting me infront of an open door so other kids would laugh at me to embarrass me into stopping I just did not know what they were laughing at so I guess I fooled her. She triend tying me to a chair so I would not rock It left me tied to a chair I still could rock and she would have to untie from the chair so I could go to the bathroom and I pee a lot. SO she decided she would slam my desk with a big dictionary from the library. She beat my desk whenever I daydreamed or started rocking slapping the book down startling me each time scarring the hell out of me while the other kids laughed their rear ends off at me. So from that point on I stopped rocking and feel bad everytime I rock. That was in 1977 and still feel guilty rocking or even when I scoot my chair under a table causing even a partial rocking motion. When I move my chairs I do it by standing up and dragging it never scooting it because fills me with anxiety.


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11 Dec 2010, 4:47 am

No. If I catch myself doing it I just continue doing it.


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