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01 May 2018, 9:43 am

Both in terms of mappable genes, and in brain structures, autism has been found to be related to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. (that does not mean a one to one correspondence; that means a higher incidence than you would find by chance alone.)

So, I wonder if some of the family studies that have been done of family structures and autism, would tell an equally compelling picture if these other diagnoses were also reported (they usually aren't). Indeed, some of the individual responses in this thread reflect the same trend; people mention not only the family members diagnosed with autism but those with other psychiatric disorders.


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01 May 2018, 11:15 am

whatamievendoing wrote:
I'm inclined to believe, though, that my AS has less to do with me being a first-born and more with the minor complication that occurred during my birth.

Maybe birth complications are more common in earlier births. ...but I haven't heard of any birth complications regarding myself. I'd have to see a bunch of aspies acknowledging birth complications for me to take this idea seriously.

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Also, in regard to older parents, some autistic people can have a harder time finding lasting relationships which could make it take a bit longer in life for AS genes to be passed down.

Ah, that could make sense.

BeaArthur wrote:
Both in terms of mappable genes, and in brain structures, autism has been found to be related to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

That's curious. I know of neither of those anywhere in my extended family. But I have a bipolar friend whose dad and he both show a lot of aspie traits.


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02 May 2018, 9:39 am

I feel cheated being a first born and having suspected Asperger syndrome. I was the first born only in the sense that I did well academically, but was never a good older sister in any other respect. I wish I hadn't been so weird.



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02 May 2018, 10:02 am

I'm my mom's only biological child and my dad's youngest. I don't have any siblings on the spectrum.


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02 May 2018, 6:36 pm

I'm an only child. No ASDs in my family whatsoever. I totally agree that part of the reason I'm an only child is because I was such a handful.



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02 May 2018, 7:49 pm

Second born of two. My brother definitely has some traits and is probably Broad Autism Phenotype, but I'm guessing he probably wouldn't be diagnosed if assessed just because he doesn't seem to have the difficulties I have.


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03 May 2018, 3:48 pm

Well here is my 2 cents.
First born Aspie here. Perhaps someone should put up a survey, would be interesting.



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03 May 2018, 3:52 pm

I'm the oldest of two. My brother has autism and intellectual disability.



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04 May 2018, 10:15 pm

This is interesting!

So it's confirmed that over 80% of those on the spectrum are firstborns.
Also, I understand that it's genetic.

So if a person has only one kid, there would be a higher chance of their only offspring having it, meaning a higher chance of most of their grandkids having it.


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04 May 2018, 10:20 pm

What percentage of the first borns were only children?



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04 May 2018, 10:26 pm

I'm the eldest and aspergers. I have twin brothers and they're also aspergers.



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04 May 2018, 10:28 pm

I have an older sister who hasn't been diagnosed with anything but I see aspie traits in her behaviour.


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