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Has anyone else had to struggle to get acceptance from neurotypical parents? My mom has been accepting of me and actually introduced me to this website, but my dad hasn't. My whole life, he's been telling me to socialize at times when I didn't want to, to "get out of my cave," etc. I'll graduate from college soon. My dad encourages me to pursue careers that he's good at and knows (all of which I've been rejected from), but says some hurtful things about me and career paths that I'm better suited for and more interested in. It's probably well intentioned, but it's painful for me. I don't want to be fixed, I want to be accepted and play to my strengths.
There was an article on Fox News about how it takes longer for men to recover from a brain concussion. I’ve had four in my life that I’m aware of, so it got me to thinking about the relationship of such a brain injury and AS.
The first one happened when I was overseas and picked a fight with a former Green Beret. I was 19-years-old at the time. The second took place a few months later when I fell down a flight of marble stairs after spending an evening of drinking and debauchery. The third one occurred when I crashed the 18-wheeler that I was driving. I was 27 at the time. The fourth one occurred when I crashed my motorcycle when I was 33. The helmet saved my life (it was cracked), but the impact scrambled my squash.
So, has anyone read anything about the correlation or does anyone have any opinions on the subject? As far back as I can remember, before they knew about AS, I have always been “odd.” However, I now wonder if the concussions may have exacerbated the AS.
On many social occasions/interactions I've found it better to hide my intelligence and just go along with the social flow. Unless I'm with a college Professor/Doctor or other intelligent being, I find it more beneficial to "dumb" myself down. Perhaps it might be because of the location I'm in. Like I said when I meet intelligent people I can be myself.
What about you?
I think my autism has increased as I've gotten older. Not sure...when I was young, the word "autism" was not widely known or recognized. Except in severe cases. So I was able to blend in with the NT's. As I got older like in my 20s and in college, I started getting more hyper. Recently I've become more aware [only found out I have autism a few years ago] of how limited my social functioning is.
In the past I chalked it up to depression, social anxiety, panic attacks etc. But know I now that every social interaction for me is a potential nightmare...maybe I'm just more informed/aware? how about you? Has your Autism changed as you grew older?
I suspect my 10 year old son may be aspie and I have arranged for him to do testing. We have our first meeting with the Psychologist in 10 days. My problem is I have no idea what to say to my son because he doesn't have any idea about this. I don't want to set him off or freak him out and I also don't want him to feel betrayed or not trust me. I really don't like this whole process of labeling etc. I am worried that we'll go through all this and not get a diagnosis but my son will never be the same again. This is what happened with my daughter. I still think she might be aspie but that's a whole other story. I want to make sure I do this right with him and I really don't know what words to use. He's had some social skill issues at school and I am thinking about relating it back to that but I think he will deny the problem and say everything is resolved via school where he is seeing the counselor weekly. Please help with ideas of how to explain this all to him.
The government is increasing its estimate of how many children have autism to 1 in 68. That's a 30% jump from the last estimate of 1 in 88 children with autism or a related disorder.
But health officials say the new number may not mean autism is occurring more often. Much of the increase is believed to be from a cultural and medical shift, with doctors diagnosing autism more frequently, especially in children with milder problems.
There are no medical tests for autism, so diagnosis is not an exact science. It's identified by a child's behavior.
This latest estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention means autism affects roughly 1.2 million U.S. children and teens.
Thursday's report is considered the most comprehensive on the frequency of autism. (AP)
I don't know about everyone else, but from time to time, I find myself thinking of the past. Sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's bad. Sometimes it's the littlest things, which meant nothing at the time, and sometimes it meant everything in the world to you. Sometimes I remember something that happened during my childhood years, and sometimes it's simply something memorable that occurred just the other day; yet I can't stop myself from thinking about it. Occasionally though, there's no one to share these thoughts with.
I thought I'd start this thread for anyone wanting to share a memory of their past, which they hold close to their heart. It can be sweet, awkward, funny, or perhaps even a little sad; any cherished memory, which you've deemed worthy of holding on to. One that can often cause you to get lost in your thoughts, while you you sit there, smiling to yourself.
Hello My name is Aleksander, also known as AspieDenmark. I would like to start a thread to get abit better knowledge on what you feel is the hardest part of having Asperger's syndrome and what actually benefits you of having Asperger's Syndrome.
My personal worst experience with having asperger's syndrome:
Waking up in the morning, getting threated like crap and my whole day is ruined.
My personal gift of Asperger's syndrome:
Being able to self learn things very quickly.
I'm just writing this as yet again i'm suffering from discrimination at work... Why Oh Why Is it happening to ME AGAIN!!!! :furious:
First it was Mencap- in a carehome i was working in - and they just didnt understand my problems- this was almost 2 years ago now! i was there 4 months and then forced to walk in the end... and now... i'm stuck at Poundworld and having similar Problems - i think its the companies fault though now - as they are constently having a go at me, making accuations which just AREN'T True... and giving me hours which are ALL over the place and then change it without telling me!!! Grrr :furious:
I have an advocate but my manager wont let them come in... so my advocate and my self have had to contact HR our selves and get a meeting sorted... I just HOPE beyound believe that this HR Lady will get a meeting sorted - so that i can have a better time at work... otherwise if nothing is sorted - i'm outa there.
Has anyone else suffered from...
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