|Feb1-09, 01:13 PM||#103|
|Feb1-09, 01:22 PM||#104|
|Feb1-09, 01:23 PM||#105|
|Feb1-09, 02:23 PM||#106|
I took another test, and once again, I score as being more able to read facial clues than the average human.
Which I guess means that nearly everyone around me must have AS, and I don't.
There must be something wrong with me.
I wonder how accurate these little tests are?
But looking over the following criteria, I can't imagine not having AS:
GILLBERG'S CRITERIA FOR ASPERGER'S DISORDER
1.Severe impairment in reciprocal social interaction
(at least two of the following)
(a) inability to interact with peers
all my peers are idiots. how can I interact with them? it's like interacting with rocks.
(b) lack of desire to interact with peers
see (a) above
(c) lack of appreciation of social cues
So I'm supposed to act like an idiot because everyone else does?
(d) socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior
I do not consider turning my back and walking away from an idiot inappropriate. I call it self defense.
2.All-absorbing narrow interest
(at least one of the following)
(a) exclusion of other activities
It's call work. You have to work to pay the morgage.
(b) repetitive adherence
If you don't go to work everyday, they will fire you.
(c) more rote than meaning
That's why they call it work!
3.Imposition of routines and interests
(at least one of the following)
(a) on self, in aspects of life
I'm not supposed to be interested in the things I'm interested in?
(b) on others
I'm not supposed to share my interests with others?
4.Speech and language problems
(at least three of the following)
(a) delayed development
How am I supposed to remember? I was 3!
(b) superficially perfect expressive language
Now that is just stupid
(c) formal, pedantic language
Only after I look up "pedantic" in the dictionary so I'll know how to do it.
(d) odd prosody, peculiar voice characteristics
prosody? I think the author of this test exhibits the characteristics of (b) and (c)
(e) impairment of comprehension including misinterpretations of literal/implied meanings
Ok. I didn't understand that statement. I have AS....
5.Non-verbal communication problems
(at least one of the following)
(a) limited use of gestures
So there are no Italians with Aspergers.
(b) clumsy/gauche body language
So everyone with cerebral palsy has Aspergers.
(c) limited facial expression
And Joan Rivers has it.
(d) inappropriate expression
And George Bush.
(e) peculiar, stiff gaze
6.Motor clumsiness: poor performance on neurodevelopmental examination
Klutz's all have it.
(All six criteria must be met for confirmation of diagnosis.)
I think AS is the creation of a bunch of bored psychiatrists.
|Feb1-09, 02:37 PM||#107|
|May15-09, 08:42 PM||#108|
Hi there everyone.
I'm new to this forum and I thought Id join seen as I like physics and am planning on going to university to study it eventually.
I stumbled across it after searching for information regarding Asperger's Syndrome. I thought it would be a good idea to start on this thread because I have aspergers syndrome myself and was wondering if there is anyone else on this forum who has it because it would be interesting to talk somebody who is in the same boat as me.
|May16-09, 01:17 AM||#109|
|May16-09, 07:19 AM||#110|
My diagnosis is Asperger's.
|Apr13-11, 07:48 PM||#111|
it has happened. I only glance at people's eyes while talking to them, for less than half a second, if at all. it is easier to listen if there is no unrelated imagery in my view. so I stare at a wall or something to listen the best and be undistracted while listening.
but the eyes thing... it just feels weird to know that someone else is looking at you. I mean, if I looked at someone else's eyes and they weren't looking at mine, it would be easier actually. but when they are locked... its like a hole of blackness...
thank goodness none of that stuff is there in online communications! complete focus on the text that you are writing.
|Nov5-11, 05:30 PM||#112|
Welcome to WrongPlanet , fellow Aspie here!
|Nov8-11, 03:22 PM||#113|
I have major performance anxiety and GAD and there was a suspicion I might have Asperger's primarily because of my intense interests/obsessions (?), sensory issues (misophonia) and inward focus. I don't think my social skills are particularly lacking but I do have trouble understanding what purpose a lot of social activities have (e.g. unecessary social interaction, weddings, funerals, graduations, ceremonies, handshakes, greeting cards, calling people by names, clapping, obsessions with celebreties, friends beyond mates and family, etc.). In my research in this area I do think there is some overlap in symptoms between Social (Performance) Anxiety Disorder, Introversion and Asperger's (AS). Here are some of the most interesting stuff that I found:
A grand unified theory of autism?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...m-04-00224.pdf (full article link-very interesting)
Is There an Up Side to Autism?
And then the more speculative, but interesting thesis paper:
Introversion and Autism: A conceptual exploration of the placement of introversion on the Autism Spectrum
And then the much more speculative (read: highly questionable) but interesting article proposing an advantage for ASD in our past evolutionary history:
Conceptualizing the Autism Spectrum in Terms of Natural Selection and Behavioral Ecology: The Solitary Forager Hypothesis
|Nov8-11, 04:37 PM||#114|
Thanks for posting all that. I read the first article but it could be some time before I can read all the links.
In response to the "unified theory" take a look at this short article:
which focuses on the amygdala, alone.
I suppose if someone could demonstrate how having fewer neurons in the amygdala would lead to it becoming hyperactive, then this study would support the "unified theory".
|Nov8-11, 06:08 PM||#115|
Also, note, it has been suggested that there are 2 types of empathy (cognitive and emotional empathy). I think they are receptive to the idea that there is imbalance between the 2 types in empathy in autism (high emotional empathy combined with low cognitive empathy) as suggested here:
The Empathy Imbalance Hypothesis of Autism: A Theoreti cal Approach to Cognitive and Emotional Empathy in Autistic Development
I don't understand this stuff very well but this "intense world hypothesis" is interesting and arguably counter-intuitive but it is consistent with some of the phenomena including some of the major sensory issues which is being considered in the new DSM-V guidelines as 1 of the criteria of ASD:
|Nov10-11, 01:36 PM||#116|
I apologize in advance for just skimming all of the posts in this thread and for just clicking on some of the links. By doing so, I hope that I am not repeating any thoughts expressed in this thread.
However, have there been recent research developments in identifying genes or chromosomal regions that may potentially aid in the diagnosis/treatment of Aspergerís syndrome?
|Nov11-11, 10:07 AM||#117|
Given that there are proposals to eliminate Asperger's syndrome as a separate disorder, and instead merge it under autism spectrum disorders (ASD), I'm not sure what that will mean? Here is their justification for eliminating Asperger's from DSM-V:
http://www.dsm5.org/ProposedRevision...n.aspx?rid=97# (click the link "Rationale")
Many genes have been implicated with respect to ASD/Autism. I'm not sure about how that relates to Asperger's because the latter is seen as a "milder" form of autism/ASD. See 2 links below. The problem though is that even ASD may be a heterogeneous condition and maybe researchers/psychiatrists don't have the right categories? It would be the equivalent of trying to find the link between neurosis and genes? Neurosis may have had some usefulness at one time but it was too broad of a category to be particularly useful. I'm not sure if the same can be said for ASD?
|Nov11-11, 01:30 PM||#118|
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