Want a diagnosis but affraid of being too high on the spectr

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17 Dec 2011, 6:35 pm

spectrum.

I know I am AS. No need to debate that.

However, I would like a diagnosis for the added help, understanding and possible financial aid. I have problems with doing 'normal things.' Life can be kind of a struggle and I'd be happier being diagnosed.



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17 Dec 2011, 7:41 pm

If you're afraid of being too high on the spectrum, stop smoking weeds, you'll then be just on the spectrum. Little joke.

And I don't really understand what does "high" mean in this case. Does it mean "severe" or "mild"?



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17 Dec 2011, 7:53 pm

The OP is afraid their AS traits will be too mild to be picked up by a professional.



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17 Dec 2011, 7:57 pm

Oh, "high functioning", I see.

Honestly, I don't know how to help OP.



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17 Dec 2011, 8:01 pm

If you need help to do 'normal things' go for it. I think most of us thought our symptoms were too mild to be diagnosed. It's a common fear.


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17 Dec 2011, 8:55 pm

Mild (I'd say).

I have a very small understanding of the use of tones ocassionally. But mostly because I'm used to the context. For example in a question.

Almost blind as a bat. I read a few common facial expressions like happy and angry (can't tell if someones faking). I completely suck at 'those' facial tests.

Mild to severe anxiety. I can front confidence on good days but can't speak to people well. I don't know how to explain it. If I'm talking about something or problem solving-I can deal with it. But suck at small talk.

Usually, I'm alone. I can't make friends and don't need much socializing.

The thing is, I realize I take things literally, so I don't 'fall for it' most of the time.

I think I am quite insightful-which isn't common as far as I know.

I disslike making eye contact and usually avoid it. I can make eye contact but just end up staring at people.

I wasn't very good at school and think it was because of my anxiety and learning style. Doctors and others say I am intelligent though.

I have a very high verbal I.Q. but a VERY low performance I.Q. As in little to no performance for a few years now despite that I used to be active.

Obsession with my AS.
Difficulty with seeing the bigger picture can make a lot of things more difficult to understand.
Logical.

Some sounds irritate me. (I took the batteries out of my door bell). Although noises won't cause a meltdown or anything.

I have my own set of aspie quirks but am able to control myself most of the time.
I am too stiff and controlled in movement.
And most people around me will begin to notice I'm different sooner or later.

Having thought about it, I'd say I was high functioning with an interest in self development.

I'd just feel bad if they said I wasn't...I know I am.



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17 Dec 2011, 9:18 pm

Well, from what you said I think you'd get diagnosed. What are your interests? Do that take up a lot of time and do you focus on just them? Can you talk to people about them?

Thing is Asperger's has a lot of similarities with other disorders that you can also have as well.


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