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Did YOU get obsessed with AS?
Yes, of course! 45%  45%  [ 43 ]
Yes, of course! 45%  45%  [ 43 ]
No don't be silly! 5%  5%  [ 5 ]
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07 Jul 2006, 10:44 am

So how many of us got obsessed with AS when we cam across it?


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07 Jul 2006, 11:09 am

There's a simply reason why aspies get obsessed with AS when they find out about it. AS is the answer aspies have been looking for their entire lives! It explains the unusual fears, the bullying, the loneliness, and all the other <sarcasm>fun stuff</sarcasm>.



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07 Jul 2006, 3:22 pm

wow, i only relised how obbsessed i was with it the other day. when i was feeling rather scared and looked into a book just to look at the word aspergers and autism to make myself feel better.... got to love obbsessions.

I am also a rather lot obbsessed with trying to figure out wether i am aspergers or not. its really is taking up alot of time.... but this is how obbsession are

thank you for the correct use of sarcasm tags :D

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07 Jul 2006, 3:59 pm

Asperger's is my current obsession, when I found out about it, I forgot my other obsessions.

Some people think that is self-pitying.



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07 Jul 2006, 7:52 pm

Weeeeeeell....



Yes I did :oops: At first, I couldn't find a lot of information about it (danish sites are very limited), but when I started searching in English, heaps and heaps of sites came up and my hunger for information was somewhat satisfied :D

Also, a friend's mom (who originally told me about aspergers and that I should probably "get it checked out") went and got some books at the library- she photocopied them for me, and two days later I had around 200 pages of reading material :lol:

Good stuff 8) It's very informative, and it's scary to read about yourself like that- the authors of the books have never met you, yet they describe you 100% right... the books are about aspergers, but you gotta admit you see yourself in the descriptions of symptoms, etc.

Also, my mom (from whom I think I inherited asperger from) read the entire stack of printouts/photocopies and got right as obsessed as me :D



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09 Jul 2006, 9:11 am

When I found out I had it I have to admit I did. It's still fairly new to me and so part of me still obsesses about it but not quite the way I did about 4 months ago.


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09 Jul 2006, 12:13 pm

I suppose in a sense I did become obsessed with it, though it was more to do with discovering something that could actually explain almost my entire life rather than the actual topic itself. I do spend a lot of time looking into it but while it is possible to have an obsession with something like computer programming, photography or something that you can actually do something with, a preoccupation with AS is really only useful if it culminates in formal assessment to determine as far as possible whether or not the suspicions have any basis in reality.

One thing I will say though, having looked into AS and suspecting I might have it and having looked at PD-type disorders, I would have to say that either I do have AS or else I have some kind of PD.

I have never been interested in medically-related stuff before though I think the real focus of my interest is in getting my suspicions validated or discounted by somebody who is actually qualified to make the assessment and can do so free of prejudice and misconception.

Oh, did I mention, I have been on this site for a whole year now (though I did take some time out from around December 2005 till around June this year).


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09 Jul 2006, 2:20 pm

I suppose I did get obsessed with AS. When I found out about it, I wanted to find out as much info as I could so I spent weeks searching the internet.

I also found that every waking minute was taken up with thoughts on the subject too.

Now I don't find myself obsessing at all, I'm just anxious as to what diagnosis if any I can expect when the specialist I saw decides to ger in touch. lol



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09 Jul 2006, 3:08 pm

its a little obsession right now.. little.......



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09 Jul 2006, 5:07 pm

More in the sense of how I wanted to know what was different about my cognitive processes versus everyone else. How it impacted my perspective on the world (biases?) so that I might become a more objective, well centered person. I also had questions that had haunted me my whole life that I had desparately sought answers for; learning about the AS completely quenced that thirst (something that hadn't been possible before) and I sat there marveling over it for a while.

So yes, I suppose I did, by your use of the language. But it served a good purpose.

That's why I take issue with the whole use of the "obsessing" word. It implies a negative connotation, like it's troubling or unhealthy. What we do is hyper-focus on things. Now if you choose to hyper-focus on something unhealthy, like a specific person or an unhealthy idea / concept, or maybe something innately self destructive in nature -- that is true obsession. However when you apply the hyper-focusing to something more constructive and useful, I question how one can describe it with a word which has such a negative undertone.

However, what one considers a constructive pursuit is subjective to the observer, blurring the lines between something positive or negative. So I can at least see how most people make that error.



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10 Jul 2006, 8:35 am

I used to take exception to the word 'Obsession', but then I realised that it was used by people who thought they were more entitled to my attention than the things that really interest me.

Suddenly, 'Obsession' became a meaningless social judgement that should not impinge upon me since those people who thought they were entitled to my attention were instantly forgettable anyway.


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11 Jul 2006, 9:35 am

Aspie1 wrote:
There's a simply reason why aspies get obsessed with AS when they find out about it. AS is the answer aspies have been looking for their entire lives! It explains the unusual fears, the bullying, the loneliness, and all the other <sarcasm>fun stuff</sarcasm>.


It explains the cool stuff, too, though... like why you can totally master a subject because you're absolutely interested in it... why you're so logical and unprejudiced... why you can step back and look at your emotions, rather than being caught up in them (with the possible exception of meltdowns); why you notice everything... Special skills (like perfect pitch or spelling or math or grammar)... a huge vocabulary... an actual interest in LEARNING rather than being entertained...

Okay, so the negative parts of AS cause more worry. But the positive parts make me wonder, too.


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11 Jul 2006, 9:46 am

For me it was just blessed, blessed relief to realise I wasn't some completely useless freak of nature but that everything had a reason and in fact I was a pretty well adjusted Aspie with a lot of positives in my life.

I've done a lot of reading about it and the more I read things which are outright falsehoods (like lack of emotion, lack of feeling, lack of registering parental faces, etc, etc), the more I want to do something to change people's opinions of what an Aspie really is.

And then I remember this site and how amazing it is with all the archives and the posts and the discussions...which just disprove all of the stupid wooden-block theories of Aspieness that some NTs like to believe.

I just wish more people got to see that side of us without judging, that's all.

As someone who gets very uptight about injustice and unfair episodes, this is one that really still burns with me so I guess as long as Aspies are the loophole and have to make 100% of the changes to be accepted in society, I'll be somewhat obsessed with the subject!!

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11 Jul 2006, 12:03 pm

I never really got obcessed with it.
Altough it did help me pull my life back together.



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11 Jul 2006, 2:45 pm

I don't know.