Tag Archives: Aspergers Syndrome

Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Chris asks…

Is the recognition of personality and neurotic disorders a good or bad thing?

I understand that its beneficial for people who need medication. The reason I ask is that my Mum reads a lot of psychology books and has a very good understanding of various psychomatic ailments, but I think because she knows so much about such illnesses and disorders she has tried to “label” me and my siblings in a sort of “psychological hyprochondriac” kind of way. I was diagnosed with depression and as having Aspergers syndrome when I was 10 and I think the Seroxat I was on for ten years may have caused further problems. Also, my brother is 9 and she has successfully had him diagnosed for Aspergers Syndrome and Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder – as far as I’m concerned has is a perfectly normal 9 year old. I’m just worried that my brother will grow up into the personality that she’s labelled him as like I did.
I am being ungrateful for my Mum’s help or do you think ignorance can be bliss with these sort of things?

admin answers:

The problem you’re describing is not with recognition of disorders, but their misdiagnosis.

That is, it’s a very good thing to be able to recognize disorders. Seeing them where they don’t exist, not so good, in fact, as you suggest, it can be harmful.

It’s not that ignorance is bliss, it’s that a little knowledge can be dangerous — that is, when it isn’t really knowledge, but is information being misapplied.

Wish I had some advice for you, but I really don’t know what to say.

I’m surprised that the people she took your brother to, who agreed with her “diagnosis” did so. I hope they know what they’re doing.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

David asks…

is it possible borderline personality could exhibit similar symptoms to aspergers syndrome ?

or is aspergers syndrome a different disorder all together ?

would you be able to easily tell if you had aspergers ?

admin answers:

The symptoms for Asperger syndrome and any other autistic spectrum disorder are similar to borderline personality disorders but a professional clinical psychologist would be easily able to tell the difference. Asperger syndrome is a pervasive development disorder so you are born with it and will have it for the rest of your life. It is classified by the triad of impairments, difficulties with social interaction, imagination and communication. You would need a specialist or a psychologist to diagnose you with having Asperger syndrome.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Sandy asks…

Who would an adult go to get tested for aspergers syndrome and dyslexia?

Counselor? General psychologist? Someone specializing in aspergers?

I’m 20 and I believe that I could possibly have aspergers and a mild form is dyslexia. Also, do you think aspergers and dyslexia are related at all?


admin answers:

You need a “clinical psychologist” who specialises in Autism Spectrum conditions.

There may be a link between AS and dyslexia, with a significant number (but nowehere near the majority) having both, but that doesn’t mean there’s a causal relationship.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Mandy asks…

How difficult is it for someone who has Aspergers Syndrome to become a law enforcement officer?

My husband is a deputy sheriff and he was recently diagnosed (after many years of misdiagnosis) with Aspergers. I want to see how this will come in to play with his career

admin answers:

Interesting question.

It is important to note that Asperger is a syndrome and not a disease. In other words, it is used to describe a range of behaviours and it is not associated with any specific cause.

Without knowing where you live it is hard to say whether there is some stigma attached to a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome that would affect his career path. However, you could try using the diagnosis in your favour: individuals with Asperger Syndrome often have unusually excellent auditory and visual perception. Both of these skills would be a plus for a law enforcement officer.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Richard asks…

Is being in your own little world a part of autism?

I have autism spectrum disorder or aspergers syndrome and I am in my own little world most of the time. It distracts me form my learning I start thinking about star trek or videogames or something else. I wonder is this a part of AS? Because I can be looking at the teacher and daydreaming at the same time and not get the assignment. Are most kids with aspurgers syndrome in there own little worlds? How can I get out of there?

admin answers:

It’s quite common for people with autism spectrum disorders to be in their own world a lot, but not everyone on the autism spectrum is like that and some people who are not on the spectrum are in their own world too.

I think being in our own world a lot can probably be explained at least partly by our environment not being suitable for us. I have Asperger’s syndrome too and I’m in my own world most of the time and I seem to go there when there is either too little or too much stimuli in my environment. I go to my own world in attempt to regulate the stimuli to make it the way I need it to be.

When I was in school I was bored most of the time, because the things we were studying about were too easy for me, so I kept my mind busy by being in my own world a lot, dealing with something more challenging. When I felt lonely and didn’t really have any friends or family to feel close to, I went to my own world to spend time with imaginary, loving friends. At my current working place there is excessive sensory input and I go to my own world a lot to try to block out some of the sensory input and distractions around me. I don’t go to my own world when I’m in a good, suitable environment with an appropriate amount of challenges and sensory experiences and balanced emotions.

I’ve never really attempted to stop being in my own world, because I don’t consider it much of a problem, but I guess that if i wanted to, I’d try to do it by trying to make my environment more suitable somehow, for example by making sure I have something challenging and interesting to do, but a good sensory and emotional environment to do it in.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

John asks…

Should i go to the doctors to be tested?

I just did an online survey for aspergers syndrome and the results showed that there’s a 79% chance that i have the condition, should i go to the doctors and request to be tested for it? Also what kind of treatments are available for it?

admin answers:

In all honesty, I think you’re over-reacting.
You’re young, forget about it. It’s just you growing up.
But, to be honest, if you’re worried, go to the doctors, don’t moan about it on here.
I’ve read your other questions and I just want to say that i think you’re an attention seeker. Being engaged while being a teen is far.
You’ve not even properly experienced love, and to go out with someone entirely new after two weeks is pathetic. If you’re so “heartbroken” it’d take you a good couple of months to get over, so Sally, grow up. Seriously.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Chris asks…

Does aspergers syndrome cause the person to become an asshole?

I dont feel like it should be a crutch to be a jerk!

admin answers:

Anybody can be an a**hole, even you, but being an Asperger doesn’t contribute toward this nor does it exclude. Being an a**hole or jerk is developed through nurture, Asperger’s comes through nature!

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Question?: Autistic Savant

Robert asks…

How are autistic people portrayed/stereotyped in the UK media?

I’m doing a college presentation on the way autistic people (young or old) are depicted in the British media.

admin answers:

We are rarely shown, generally stereotyped.

I was diagnosed w aspergers syndrome, AS, 2 yrs ago. Since then ive seen 1 bbc 3 documentary abt young people w AS., cant remember the title, srry.The second gen of skins had JJ, who was diagnosed AS in the series. Louis theroux did something this year on parents of autistic children. Also something about savants, tho that mayve been before i was diagnosed.
Thats it.

Its either- UNUSUAL FREAKS!! Gasp at their amazing maths skills! Or tragic children who cant even say ‘mummy’, or adults in care (abuse in care homes etc). The middle ground; most of us, in fact, is rarely, if ever, explored.
Cure for autism’ type articles appear in the press, but there’s still no cure, so that’s rot.

Obviously having it, i notice its media presence, or absence.

Do consider eg, (gosh, i sound so daily mail, but its true)- why eg the bbc, which makes an admittedly highly fictionalised version of the arthurian legend, Arthur, casts black actors as extras (non speaking) bt has no disabled ones (not that many black ppl in the uk then, certainly not in the south west, certainly not in court or army). Bt there would have been people w visible disabilities- lost eye, limb etc, as medical care was so iffy; where are they? Most of the black actors are extras, so not cast for their acting skill, but rather to be PC. Fine, bt this is racist (done for racial reasons); inclusivity is not extended to women (itd make more visual sense to have women in the army), gay or disabled people.
There are no disabled people on tv- but the bbc in particular is overly PC about black inclusion. Im not being racist- but- disabled? Or gay?? Nowhere. I was pleased to see the directors cast a disabled girl to play a disabled girl in that inbetweeners ep where they smack someone w a frisbee. Thats it. Ugh i do sound horribly like the daily mail- but really. Disability is never seen. So discrimination.

Autism is admittedly a fairly invisible condition, but few VISIBLY disabled people are seen at all on tv, anyway.
Autism doesnt figure; so your question about portrayal would be better rephrased as ‘why never shown?’ thn ‘how shown?’
tho i tire of the ‘eccentric scientific genius’ stereotype, sheldon cooper in the bbt is actually pretty good. Im a girl w AS, + therefore able to hide my AS-ness more (the female presentation is slightly different; women are more attuned to learning social skills than men, anyway) bt his behaviour is certainly stuff i recognise- tho if you met me, you wouldnt suspect til you knew me a while. Flick through a tony atwood book to get an idea on this- hes an amazing authority on aspergers.
We say its like being a spy, as we have to cover our ‘real’ selves, learn the social rules of your world, + ‘act’ a part, conceal our inner sheldon.

Most of what one reads in the media about any type of autism is concerned w children, as though its some Logan’s Run condition, + we all die off at 18, or 20. Obviously, as its life long, there are more over 18 than under, bt thats not what youd deduce from the media. Suicide rates are sky high for autism- it is a hideous condition for many.
For people with AS, we are typically above average intelligence, to off the scale IQs. Newton, da vinci, Einstein, steve jobs, bill gates clearly have/had it; again the eccentric scientist model. But there are just as many muscians, artists, actors and designers w it (one attempt at sub catagorisation of types within AS called one ‘the morrissey type’, ha ha). Its often less apparent in the arts type (me) than the science type (eg, my uncle) but does NOT mean *our* presentation is any less invidious.

This may sound like pointless whining or hair splitting bt thanks to eg bbc’s ‘saints and sinners’ there has been an exponential rise in attacks on the disabled recently. Only ever hearing abt the happy autism stories, or mis-perceiving disability as being visible, usually with a wheelchair etc, means that people with ASDs get told ‘you dont look like you have autism’. If someone cant ‘see’ a wheelchair, they think a disabled person is ‘a scrounger’; a fake.

Contry to what you will read, there ARE physical characterises of autism. Looking much younger than actual age, poor eye sight, a certain type of forehead, poor digestion, inflammatory conditions, hypermobile joints, allergies etc etc. Post a Q anyway, on wrongplanet.net, the most widely used autism forum, bt visit too, astheres an in-site search option so you ca find anything you want.
This is a nother, and uk only, forum~ http://www.asd-forum.org.uk

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Carol asks…

what are the questions the psycheatrist make to a person to test asperger syndrome?

when a psycheatrist or a psychologist is testing asperger syndrome in someone, what are the questions they make to them?

admin answers:

I think they have a variety of questions that they follow according to their DSVM medical diagnoses book.

Here are a few sample questions they might ask:
-Do you like working with yourself or do you like working in groups?
-Do you often find yourself into one subject that you can’t stop talking or thinking about?
-Do you notice your arms or hands moving around when you want to communicate?
-When someone asks you to share a toy or chair you refuse to let them use what is considered yours?
-When someone is sad or lost a loved one, you show no empathy towards them.

If you find in most of these questions that are a YES, then that would be a key to what someone may have aspergers syndrome.

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Question?: What Is Autism

Helen asks…

What’s the different between Aspergers syndrome and Autism?

I’ve always known what autism is but until the other day I heard someone say about Aspergers syndrome, the symptoms are pretty much the same. What‘s the difference?

admin answers:

Basically asperger’s syndrome is a type of autism
these articles all explain the differences between the two







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