This level of ignorance amongst frontline medics (or any medic) is of course unacceptable, but it exists, and you need to be prepared for the possibility of encountering something similar when visiting your own doctor. “I’ve spent so long pretending, I’ve forgotten who I really am” This is a sentiment I’ve heard from a lot of autistic women.Those who are successful in fitting in (even if they don’t ever feel truly accepted) find their real identities – the people they would be if they didn’t have to pretend to be someone else all the time – get blurred with the new “fake-normal” person they feel they have to be.
However he did not start off as stereotypically autistic. Contrary to the stereotyoes of adults on the spectrum, my patient displayed no "meltdown" behavior, was keenly (TOO keenly) aware of people's reactions to him and exhibited no bizarre special interests or encyclopedic knowledge of vaccuum models.I spent until I was 40 trying to fit in, and it takes a huge amount of confidence to face that many years of failure. Diagnosis for women Because of this greater skill in social-adaptation, autistic women also have a much harder time when it comes to getting a diagnosis.I had known my doctor for ten years when I went to see him about the possibility of my having autism.I believe it is the intensity with which you express the aforementioned qualities that is most definitive, and I recommend consulting a licensed professional neuropsychologist for testing and possible diagnosis if you think you may qualify.*Please note the original difference between Asperger’s and Autism was that Autism is associated with language delay and potential mental retardation while high functioning Asperger’s usually isn't.Quite the opposite; many Aspies are recognized as “gifted/talented” in school and tend to (although not always) score highly on IQ & standardized tests.We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.
Community Q&A If you're a neurotypical person dating an autistic person, it's a good idea to educate yourself on how an aspie will act in various relationship situation, or you might get offended by his/her seemingly cold attitude.
I told him that over the last five years words like that are what desperate women married to Aspies inevitably find themselves typing into the search engines…
after every nice phrase yielded no assistance in their search for hope.
A large percentage of Aspies are verbosely loquacious while others such as myself voracious readers, and unlike those with severe Autism, the basic desire for human connection remains despite a considerable handicap in expressing it.
Recently I encountered a problem while collaborating with a group therapist with whom I share a patient.
She pointed out the following traits as examples., so the degree with which ASD people exhibit these symptoms is highly varied!