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Old 04-17-2009, 04:13 AM
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God Made Me A Skeptic
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Location: Minnesota
Default Autism, Asperger's, ASD, and maybe people who are just annoying.

General catch-all thread. A side-effect of some recent conversations is the discovery that:

* At least one person here is clinically autistic.
* At least one person here has a coworker or friend who is autistic.
* Many people don't know that much about autism.

So. Ask questions! Post book recommendations! Go wild!

I'll kick it off. I was diagnosed only recently as high-functioning-autistic. (The difference between this and Asperger's is, in practice, that the term Asperger's was coined to keep parents from freaking out upon hearing the word "autism".) I had seen a shrink previously and raised the question, only to be told I was obviously not autistic.

I finally figured it out as a side-effect of reading a book with an autistic character; the absolute failure of the character to seem strange to me in any way was convincing enough to get me to go see a specialist.

I was tested for a suspected learning disability when I was 6 or 7, but this was before Hans Asperger's paper (written in the first half of the 20th Century!) was translated into English. I'm also very noticably ADHD -- but curiously, each of these traits suppresses some of the more obvious diagnostic criteria of the other.

Even without diagnosis or treatment, I was mostly functional by my mid-30s, although I had a lot of trouble when I was younger. I am stereotypically good with computers and mathematics, and there's usually money in these. I took a degree in psychology in college because I wanted to know more about how people thought -- a curiousity which makes more sense now than it did then.
Hear me / and if I close my mind in fear / please pry it open
See me / and if my face becomes sincere / beware
Hold me / and when I start to come undone / stitch me together
Save me / and when you see me strut / remind me of what left this outlaw torn
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