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marzapan
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31 Mar 2008, 11:44 am

Hello. I am 28 years old and have begun to suspect that I may have Aspergers. My husband's niece and nephew have AS and it is highly likely that my husband has it as well. After research, not only do I believe my mother has it, but I believe I may as well. Reading all the available research has left me feeling as if I'm not alone. Meeting my husband felt the same way.

I can't stop thinking about topic and find myself with butterflies in my stomach. I'm not nervous about the stigma, because as far as I'm concerned it's nothing to be ashamed of. I think I'm more nervous that it feels as if a new world is opening up before me. Before I always felt different, as if I really didn't belong.

Nervous as all heck, but hopeful.



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31 Mar 2008, 11:51 am

hi, i just joined the other day!



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31 Mar 2008, 11:52 am

Welcome to the forum, marzapan!! :D

I know how you feel, but once you visit this site a while, you'll find that you are not so different here and that you will belong here too. :wink:


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31 Mar 2008, 12:20 pm

Greetings marzapan, and welcome to WrongPlanet. :D

When I began to realise I may have AS, I felt like you describe.

I hope you will like it here!


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31 Mar 2008, 12:33 pm

Hey, welcome and no need to be nervous! :)



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31 Mar 2008, 12:44 pm

Nice to meet you, marzapan. :) 8)


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31 Mar 2008, 12:49 pm

Welcome!
When I first started contemplating autism myself I was very nervous and excited too. You'll love it here and hopefully we can help you to feel like you belong. Nice to meet you.


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31 Mar 2008, 4:08 pm

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31 Mar 2008, 5:04 pm

May all your hopes be realized.



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31 Mar 2008, 5:07 pm

Thank you everyone for being so welcoming. I have not been diagnosed with AS, but it's nice to be surrounded by similar people.

I had asked my aunt who is a child psychologist if she knew of any AS resources in the county and she said

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"Frankly, I do not see any signs of you having Asperger's. There are distinct features of the condition that I have never seen in you, fortunately. I would be shocked if you received such a diagnosis, and would deeply question anyone who would make such a diagnosis."


She then recommended that I look into obsessive compulsive, attention deficit disorder, bipolar, and Tourette's.

Does this mean that AS could not be a possibility? Or that maybe she's looking at the parts instead of the whole? I feel hurt by her quick dismissal. I am not very close with my aunt, but I do respect her professional opinion. I don't know what to do.


Edit: I would much rather be diagnosed with AS than OCD, ADD, bipolar, and Tourette's. Geesh.



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31 Mar 2008, 5:47 pm

Welcome to WP :alien:


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02 Apr 2008, 7:51 am

Welcome to WP!


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02 Apr 2008, 1:37 pm

marzapan wrote:
Does this mean that AS could not be a possibility? Or that maybe she's looking at the parts instead of the whole? I feel hurt by her quick dismissal. I am not very close with my aunt, but I do respect her professional opinion. I don't know what to do.

If you feel like you need to know for sure, I think you should ask for a professional diagnosis by a psychologist/psychiatrist who is an expert in Asperger's and the autistic spectrum. As good as your aunt may be in her profession, it seems a little hasty to dismiss you so quickly.


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02 Apr 2008, 2:01 pm

Hello Marzapan

Have you tried the various online tests?
Seems lots of folks here have tried the one at:

http://rdos.net/eng/