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15 Apr 2008, 6:12 am

Could also be the NHS - we get diagnosed for free (I assume so anyway... I was to young to be involved with my own diagnosis, and haven't looked into it).


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15 Apr 2008, 1:44 pm

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I've heard about the red hair / Aspie link, which fascinates me because I have naturally red hair, as did my (suspected) Aspie grandmother.

That's new to me! I was born with red hair, although it's turned dark brown over the years.



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15 Apr 2008, 2:37 pm

Purplefluffychainsaw wrote:
Could also be the NHS - we get diagnosed for free (I assume so anyway... I was to young to be involved with my own diagnosis, and haven't looked into it).


Oooh yeah in your dreams getting diagnosed on the NHS!! ! Sadly here in the UK times are just as awful as the rest of the world. It is NOOOO better here. Provision is sadly lacking, experts are like rocking horse poo and noone understands the spectrum as a whole.

Noone sees the whole picture, everyone is too busy running down their own trail and not taking into account that NOONE on the spectrum is PURE. We are all little bits of this and little bits of that. If I went to an ASPERGER specialist I would be deemed normal. If I went to a Pyschiatrist he would say I was Bi-polar, if I went to a Neurologist he would say my MRI is normal! But hey I go to an ADHD specialist and come away with a label, trouble is underneath all my ADHD is AUTISM. But noone could see that!

HFA/PDDnos verus Aspergers?

Aaahhh forget all the titles, PDDnos, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, SAD, SID, ODD, CD, DAMP, CAPD...................Who gives a damm, just call me a jellybeans! Covers the lot then and is so much kinder.

Oooh by the way we call neurotypicals marshmallows! Didn't want them to feel left out! :wink:



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15 Apr 2008, 3:40 pm

It's probably because Lorna Wing is based here. She was the first person to translate Hans Asperger's paper into English. She was also the founder of the National Autistic Society www.autism.org.uk .


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15 Apr 2008, 3:42 pm

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My guess is that it's because this is an english speaking site and the UK has the highest number people speaking english as a first language outside of the US


Makes sense...

I'm afraid to say I'm also a UK guy lol


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15 Apr 2008, 4:47 pm

There's obviously a correlation with the amount of tea one drinks and Aspergers hence the high number of Brits here........wait a sec......I don't drink tea!!

Maybe us Brits are more willing to open up online and admit what a lot of society may see as a weakness (incorrectly in my opinion).

One of the above posters was probably correct in noting that healthcare is free here and that could lead to more people getting diagnosed as we don't have to pay to get checked for stuff. I don't know whether I would have followed everything through if I would have had to pay for the diagnosis.


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15 Apr 2008, 4:54 pm

POKEMONMASTER260 wrote:
Just wondering.


Yeah, I've been wondering that, too.



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15 Apr 2008, 5:02 pm

I thought it was mostly Americans on this forum.

Let's do a poll! :D


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15 Apr 2008, 5:08 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: I am a BRIT!! ! Born and bred BUT my dad is American, I only found that out 6mths ago so it is a bit new being half a yank! :lol:



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15 Apr 2008, 5:14 pm

It's probably an illusion due to the relative density of population.In terms of land area the
USA is approx. 38 times larger than the UK,but in terms of population it's only about 4 and a
half times larger.


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15 Apr 2008, 5:22 pm

We call those on the spectrum jellybeans and include ADHD, ADD, ASPERGERS, PDDNOS, HFA, SAD, SID, CAPD, DYSLEXIA, DYSPRAXIA, blah blah blah as on the spectrum! The neurotypicals we call marshmallows. We reckon that approx 30% or more of the population in the world are jellybeans!! Maybe even higher. Proportionally that makes a lot of jellybeans on this planet. California seems to be a hot spot as does New York for jellybeans!

The UK is no different to anywhere else I guess, we all have our fair share. There is NO discrimination in ASC, it don't matter what colour, creed or class you happen to be!

The important thing to realise is that compared to the numbers there are NOT the experts to deal with us all! Aaaghhh gonna be another 20yrs before we all catch up! Scary eh! But for those of us diagnosed we need to count our lucky stars. For every jellybean diagnosed in this country there are another 1000 queuing up! Lots of them unsuccessful in getting a diagnosis and still fighting. It is very sad. :cry: :cry:



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15 Apr 2008, 5:54 pm

am dont think are make up a big amount of users on here,but maybe because it's 'easier' to be autie and aspie in the UK-there's more access to diagnosis and support here than US,so are more likely to be diagnosed and supported..better,also,wrong planet is the biggest and best spectrum forum out of the lot isnt it,it's going to get a load of UKers as it's the most active and is not fixed to one belief.


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16 Apr 2008, 3:11 am

ooooooh no it not!! !! 8O 8O easier to get diagnosed in the UK!! ! ooooh no noooooooooo!!
There are children being ripped from their mothers arms BECAUSE they are being accused of child abuse WHEN actually their kids are on the SPECTRUM but being refused diagnosis!

UK IS A BAAAAADDDDDD PLACE FOR KIDS ON THE SPECTRUM. TRUST ME. I KNOW!

Oh and by the way there are a load of Brits on here too. You US guys don't rule the planet you know!! ! :wink: There are other folk out there tooo!! !!

PS MANCHESTER is one of the WORST places in the UK to be diagnosed!! !!Would you like proof!! ! You are speaking for the minority!!



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16 Apr 2008, 5:28 am

jelibean wrote:
:lol: :lol: :lol: I am a BRIT!! ! Born and bred BUT my dad is American, I only found that out 6mths ago so it is a bit new being half a yank! :lol:


Things are looking up.Maybe now you can start talking normal. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:



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16 Apr 2008, 7:58 am

:lol: :lol: :lol: velodog!! !! ! I am actually VERY echolalic so don't need to practice!! ! We only discovered each others existance a year ago!! !

Ironically I am broke and so is she so we still have not met each other!! Getting on a bit in age so lets hope I make it one day eh!! ! Till then I will have to rely on Echolalia and dreams!! ! :wink: