Originally Posted by crazyg
While it may seem like autism is really undefined, it isn't that obscure especially when you see the signs in those who have been diagnosed. Do you have to abide by a very rigid schedule? (this is one of the characteristics of aspergers- a form of autism- and while not ALWAYS a characteristic, it's often there). When I say a very rigid schedule, I mean when you were a child and the teacher said it was time to go from one play station to the next, would you throw a complete fit and refuse to abide by the rule? That's one example of an Asperger-like behaviour. When someone is annoyed with you or upset, do you misread their body language and continue talking despite what others would view as obvious signals that they want you to stop? This might be another problem faced by someone with a slight form of autism. People with Aspergers can be very high functioning and are often very intelligent but, have a hard time with social interactions. I can see where you would say- well, I also have a hard time with social interactions. But, that does not mean that you have Aspergers. No one has mentioned the possibility of you being autistic likely because they have not seen any signs pointing them in that direction.
Yes, but I think what I was thinking that maybe some people who might be autistic might have other pronounced characteristics and maybe they don't have Aspergers syndrome. If you follow that list there were quite a few different characteristics. Actually, I can read facial expressions very well, I can tell easily if someone is either happy or sad or friendly or unfriendly. I don't have trouble picking up on those things. I did have many of the other characteristics though.
I went through and put in bold the one's I struggle with. Yes, I struggle severely with the social anxiety but it also goes beyond that into other areas. I'm confused about it.
Delayed speech or idiosyncratic use of language
Limited imagination or detail oriented imagination
Difficulties imagining people's emotional and cognitive states
Rigid behavioral patterns
Stereotype movements, repetitive motor mannerisms
Clumsiness, motor coordination difficulty
Limited but intense areas of interest
Difficulty with eye contact
Difficulty with reading and sending body language
Difficulties with changes, need for routine
Not at ease when there is no structure, must know what's coming next
Mind blindness, can't read between the lines, takes everything literally
Does not need and/or have the ability to make contact with peers
Inertia, doing things slow
Incapacity to multitask
Sensory overload, can't deal with noises, light, touching, crowds
Having meltdowns when in stress, needing a lot recovery time
If having more than 10 of these symptoms means you are autistic than I would be classified as autistic. I don't know what the deciding factor is which classifies you as autistic.