I have Asperger Syndrome.
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21-12-2012, 02:45 AM
I have Asperger Syndrome.
I've just recently over the last year or so realized that I have something called Asperger Syndrome.
My family told me about it and said that when I was a lot younger, the schools thought I had autism.
Aspergers is considered an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and they say that it's a "high functioning form of autism".

Anyways, I didn't really care to do much research on Aspergers until more recently. When I first heard that I have it, I looked it up and tried to figure it out and then just forgot about it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002516/

Now everybody on my facebook is talking about the Sandy Brooks Elementary shooter/killer Adam Lanza and how he had Asperger Syndrome. There is so much debate about whether that was the root cause of his actions or if it was his mother. And then I have a bunch of people on Facebook making the situation political by bringing in the gun laws.

Anyways, I am sort of curious if Asperger makes me sort of a retard (no offence intended), or if it's something that's just "different" than a "normal" person.


Two things I have seriously noticed are significantly different about me than other people:

1.) My Taste In Music

My taste in music is something I find to be seriously strange compared to those around me.
I generally listen to non-vocal/instrumental music. I enjoy minimalist music as well as Dubstep and Chillstep. I get lost in music while I put in my headphones, lay down in bed, close my eyes and go into basically an intense state of focus. My imagination is hugely revealed when I listen to my music this way.
Another thing is that I can listen to repetitive music for a much longer period where everyone else seems to be getting quite irritated.

2.) My Heavy Interest In Philosophy And Other 'Deep-Thought' Topics

I am a much deeper thinker than most anyone a know in person.
The only other person that thinks like I do also has similar interests as me (and interestingly has the same exact birthday as me - June 11, 1986).
This girl is the one I became very interested in... she since has stopped talking with me and someone told me it was because she likes me too much and wants to keep the relationship with her boyfriend loyal.

Anyways, these are just observations. I know that people without Asperger may also have these characteristics, but from observation it seems that it's less normal, or less likely for those without the syndrome.

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21-12-2012, 02:56 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
Plenty on here with the same.

Have you seen the other threads on the subject?

Here's a good one.

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/forum/...ism?page=7


Don't let the thread title put you off.

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21-12-2012, 03:15 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
I did read that but now that I know my Thread will be considered redundant, I've lost interest.

Dang

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21-12-2012, 04:52 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
I had this feeling you were more serious, or "intense". Asperger's has absolutely nothing to do with criminality. You're fine the way you are. As long as people recognize what makes them a little different, they can deal with it. It does explain why you're so intense about philosophical things.

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21-12-2012, 04:54 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
First time I heard about this and the only time I heard about it was in an episode of South Park, when Cartman made AssBurgers...

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Sorry, but every time I heard the word, Cartmans pants full of burgers come to my mind.

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21-12-2012, 05:45 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
(21-12-2012 04:54 AM)Filox Wrote:  First time I heard about this and the only time I heard about it was in an episode of South Park, when Cartman made AssBurgers...

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Sorry, but every time I heard the word, Cartmans pants full of burgers come to my mind.
My little brother has assburgers. He's very smart. Assburgers was taken out of the DMSO (or whatever ya call it), this year. It's no longer an official disease. It's called mild Autism Spectrum something or other.

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21-12-2012, 08:15 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
Call me an asshole, but I don't really believe in Asperger's. Some people are just fucking weird and that's all there is to it. We just feel the need to slap a label on everything these days. Asperger's has even been removed from the DSM (American psychiatric handbook).
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21-12-2012, 08:24 AM
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(21-12-2012 08:15 AM)ANT Wrote:  Call me an asshole, but I don't really believe in Asperger's. Some people are just fucking weird and that's all there is to it.

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21-12-2012, 08:46 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
Self diagnosis is not always accurate. I've taken tests as well thinking I had aspergers, I have some traits similar to it, do not have all of them, am not an aspie but I do have some social traits that are similar - but having some traits does not make me the same. Ultimately the "for certain" diagnosis should come from a professional.

Remember that any disorder that could alter the way you react to things and understand things and interact with things should be well understood. The reason I say that is so that you can act appropriately to the appropriate diagnosis. Self diagnosis can result sometimes to a false diagnosis and a person can end up reacting inappropriately to said diagnosis.

Go to a specialist, get tested, then come back and tell us. Self diagnosis for autism spectrum (be it aspie or otherwise) is a slap in the face to you and those who have actually been diagnosed with it.

Aspergers is a social disorder, it is NOT a disorder that makes anyone "retarded" and you should be fucking ashamed of using the word in the same sentence. Aspies are generally extremely intelligent (as far as those I've interacted with) and lack normal social function. It is part of the spectrum, but it is not necessarily the same as those in other parts of the spectrum, in fact, some aspies might even tell you they're offended to be considered in the spectrum.

Cut the bullshit, go get tested and don't ever use retard and aspie in the same sentence again.
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21-12-2012, 08:58 AM
RE: I have Asperger Syndrome.
(21-12-2012 08:15 AM)ANT Wrote:  Call me an asshole, but I don't really believe in Asperger's. Some people are just fucking weird and that's all there is to it. We just feel the need to slap a label on everything these days. Asperger's has even been removed from the DSM (American psychiatric handbook).
People can call things weird all they want, but when something you consider "weird" can be classified with specific traits over and over in many people, it becomes considered something "weird with a name" - because it means there is something in your brain that causes you to be that way.

Dismissing someone as "just weird" without trying to at least figure out why people are the way they are and helping would be a truly sad day for medical science, neural science and psychology in general.
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