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ObsydianRaven

Autism, ADD/ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and PDD NOS

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ObsydianRaven

This is a thread to discuss something that is affecting our world, Autism and all related forms. ADD/ADHD are also acceptable.

 

 

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General Goose

Have Aspergers.

 

It sucks.

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ObsydianRaven
Have Aspergers.

 

It sucks.

I have PDD-NOS, and possibly ADD/ADHD, also I think I might be diagnosed with Aspergers again although I have to wait until I get rediagnosed later this year.

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Damien.

I was diagnosed with AD/HD when i was younger (like 7) but the hyperactive asshole part kinda when over when i switched school and now i just suck at concentrating at anything. It's funny though because I don't really study anything at all or do homework but i still keep on scoring decent grades. My teachers think I'm some sort of genius and even made me jump up a grade and do my final exams in english 3 years ahead of time which i actually passed with the highest score in everything except spelling. The funny thing is though that i don't work on the lessons, like for example math i haven't done anything in for the last 6 months and i still manage to pass the course by completing the tests.

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ObsydianRaven
It's funny though because I don't really study anything at all or do homework but i still keep on scoring decent grades. My teachers think I'm some sort of genius and even made me jump up a grade and do my final exams in english 3 years ahead of time which i actually passed with the highest score in everything except spelling. The funny thing is though that i don't work on the lessons, like for example math i haven't done anything in for the last 6 months and i still manage to pass the course by completing the tests.

Yeah I tend not to do my homework even when I'm on medications however I do study a little bit for tests and quizes and usually I get a decent grade.

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Saggy

I was misdiagnosed with Aspergers, and introduced to my current doctor because he had the most experience with it in the state. He introduced me to a lot of his patients who did have it, and this leads me to believe that most of the people that claim to have it have been misdiagnosed or are just self-diagnosing, because the occurrence of the high-functioning "Idiot Savant" effects was few and far between. This doctor, who has been working with Autism and Asperger patients since they have been in the DSM, said that the combination of fluent verbal and written communication is usually the only dividing factor between Autism and Asperger patients.

 

What it actually turned out to be was ADHD and OCD. My entire family had always thought I had OCD, but the ADHD part of that kind of painted a picture that looked pretty similar to Asperger's. If you look at the DSM criteria for all of them, you can see how the symptoms can overlay.

 

The really crucial part of the diagnosis was that I was actually capable of so much. From reading and writing, to playing the guitar and computer programming, which basically lead my doctor to tell me, "If you have Asperger's, you're the highest functioning person with it I've ever seen." He's been working in the field for over twenty years, so I was much more inclined to follow the ADHD/OCD advice.

 

It's really panned out, as well, so I think that's what it was. I'm not trying to discredit Asperger's or anything, but that's just what happened with me. There's a lot of misdiagnosis and self-diagnosis of Asperger's, in my own humble opinion. I met a lot of Asperger's patients of my doctor's so that I could "be sure" ( it was part of their treatment, social interaction therapy type stuff ) and I'm quite certain the majority of self-proclaimed Asperger's "Idiot Savants" are suffering from something else.

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Mike Tequeli

Aspergers is a notoriously self diagnosed condition, there are entire communities of people who think they have it and display it with pride. It really detracts from the people who actually have it.

 

Someone once tried to pin me with the disease, not a doctor mind you, but someone with access to the internet. I dismissed it pretty quickly, I know I don't have any mental issues and if I did I wouldn't dwell on it much, I haven't had any problems so far.

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ObsydianRaven

Well I've officially been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome by my specialist.

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General Goose
Well I've officially been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome by my specialist.

High five!

 

It does cause a lot of problems though. sad.gif

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ObsydianRaven
It does cause a lot of problems though. sad.gif

Yeah, one of the problemms that is cause that I don't like are the bad social skills.

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sam33
It does cause a lot of problems though. sad.gif

Yeah, one of the problemms that is cause that I don't like are the bad social skills.

Which is why you come here!!!.

 

I have it (Diagnosed by GP) but only mildly.

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nerner
I have obsessive compulsive disorder, but only very mildly, it does affect me sometimes online and in normal life though.

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makeshyft
Aspergers is a notoriously self diagnosed condition, there are entire communities of people who think they have it and display it with pride. It really detracts from the people who actually have it.

Thank you.

 

I have always been skeptical of people who claim to have Asperger's. It's almost like 50% of the people you talk to online have been 'diagnosed'. I think it's more a case of either a) a way for people to excuse their sh*tty personal skills, or b) an attempt to make one's self more interesting.

 

It's almost like people who claim to be dyslexic when, in reality, they're just terrible at spelling.

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poopskin

i however, have it genuinely as found out from a few trips to a psychiatrist i used to visit.

 

After all, what 7 year old (well, i was at time of diagnosis) would know what Aspberger's is?

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Katalix

I have ODD/CD. I guess that counts as a 'mental disorder' to put here. smile.gif

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Ronnyboy

I have a very small OCD, even though everybody does. I got lucky with the mental diseases, but I know a bunch of people with ADHD and ADD. My uncle who is a carpenter wasn't diagnosed for ADD until he was 18. The reason was that the doctor thought he was just a hyper kid and he couldn't eat ketchup or drink Kool Aid as a kid. I felt bad for him, but now he's fine and it doesn't really affect him.

 

I always wondered if the diagnoses for mental diseases were just bullsh*t to make people spend more money on pills, or if it had an actual reason besides hyper activeness.

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Mad Tony
Aspergers is a notoriously self diagnosed condition, there are entire communities of people who think they have it and display it with pride. It really detracts from the people who actually have it.

Thank you.

 

I have always been skeptical of people who claim to have Asperger's. It's almost like 50% of the people you talk to online have been 'diagnosed'. I think it's more a case of either a) a way for people to excuse their sh*tty personal skills, or b) an attempt to make one's self more interesting.

 

It's almost like people who claim to be dyslexic when, in reality, they're just terrible at spelling.

I agree. I've read up and apparently Asperger's Syndrome is actually really rare. Something like 2 in 1,000.

 

I don't have any mental problems as far as I'm aware although I do have the slight OCD which most people have anyway.

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ObsydianRaven
I agree. I've read up and apparently Asperger's Syndrome is actually really rare. Something like 2 in 1,000.

 

I thought it was more of a common thing.

 

 

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General Goose

Yeah, apparently sometimes it's overstated, sometimes it's understated. Still got it or something very similar though.

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vinnygorgeous

I remember when people were ashamed of admitting anything like this, I know it's still anonymous but it still seems like bragging to some degree, I got this, I got that, aren't there support groups for this, what is the debate/discussion exactly?

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Mad Tony

 

I agree. I've read up and apparently Asperger's Syndrome is actually really rare. Something like 2 in 1,000.

 

I thought it was more of a common thing.

Not according to medical studies.

 

http://www.specialed.us/autism/asper/asper11.html

 

According to recent studies it has been found that Asperger's syndrome has a prevelancy rate of about "1 in 300."

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08LasVenturas

My parents thought that I had Asperger's syndrome, but I don't display any symptoms of it.

 

And can someone explain what PDD NOS is? Ive never heard of it.

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General Goose
I agree. I've read up and apparently Asperger's Syndrome is actually really rare. Something like 2 in 1,000.

 

I thought it was more of a common thing.

Not according to medical studies.

 

http://www.specialed.us/autism/asper/asper11.html

 

According to recent studies it has been found that Asperger's syndrome has a prevelancy rate of about "1 in 300."

But here's the problem. How do you define a purely mental/behavioural syndrome? There are symptoms and I think brain patterns associated with it, but really, how does one define something like Asperger's syndrome?

 

Obviously there are symptoms everyone agrees on, but some people may say one person has it mild, the other may say he hasn't got it, blah blah blah.

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philster_12

some of these are SPECIALTIES , some people who has this problems can use this as an advantage. (like a Quick Thinker of some other)

 

These People are not meant to be laugh at. Because there special!

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sam33

I couldnt make eye contact with anyone till I was 15 and I still struggle now. Its only after sessions with my GP and an outside Phychologist that I've only finally managed to accept myself the way I am. Un fortunately there is no current cure so this means I find social situations very hard and I much prefer to be on my own or chatting with people over a computer or a phone as I dont have to see there body language and calculate what there saying. I think the best term to describe it is Social Dyslexia. Doont get me wrong I can have freinds its just I much prefer to be on my own as I have such a tough time (at school and work etc) just interacting with people sad.gif. Hell we could make this a GTAF Aspie support group tounge.gif

(You see I can make humour like that. Just holding a long conversation, lack of eye contact, extreme obssesiviness over some topics, extreme anxiety in social stiuations-even going into a small shop are my main drawbacks)

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Asoyfy37

I know someone like that. The class often laugh at him.

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ObsydianRaven
I know someone like that. The class often laugh at him.

Well is he trying to purposely be funny?

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Asoyfy37

No. He is just obssesed with weird things. And he dont get any joke that smarter then a had of someone stuck in a hole. which is funny, but not the only funny thing. I'm not sure if he realy like that, or he is living a trauma, I think his parents bit him. Other then him, most of my school is normal, but still there are some weird people. I also count as weird, or more like not popular in my class, but far away from that foolish guy.

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General Goose

I actually think it's harder being in between outcast and "normal" (my current situation) then any of the extremes. With either one, you usually have a group to hang with most of the time and be happy with. While I have good friends, I still spend a reasonable amount of time alone, so to speak.

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poopskin
I couldnt make eye contact with anyone till I was 15 and I still struggle now.

Frankly eye contact is one of those things i've never understood. It actually makes it harder for me to talk to people if i look them in the eye.

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