Originally Posted by samboychippies
Many people with social anxiety are wondering do they have aspergers and their social anxiety stems from that? As you said about social anxiety it should be pretty obvious if they have sa or not. So it also should be pretty obvious if they have aspergers or not. Many are reading about aspergers and relating to the social awkwardness aspect while ignoring many of the core features. If they can't relate to the diagnostic criteria of aspergers then it's a pretty open and shut case.
Well no because social anxiety is almost a disorder that's a single symptom, like the problem is the anxiety and the degree of anxiety is considered to be the disorder. AvPD is a bit more complicated since it centres around a defence mechanism in response to the anxiety and there's also some evidence that SA and AvPD are part of the larger neutotype of the schizophrenia spectrum but that's inconclusive. Autism is even more complicated since it's a neurotype that effects a lot of different things (interests, movement, sexuality, sensory processing,) and is probably misdiagnosed a bunch. I have seen people complaining that schizophrenia is frequently diagnosed as autism and possibly vice versa, and there is a historical connection between the two:
same with borderline personality disorder and some other conditions, they are also misdiagnosed and have overlapping traits. You're not going to be able to conclusively say you have most conditions in the way you can for social anxiety disorder. Many people, especially women
are also not diagnosed until adulthood showing how complicated it is.
although I agree if you only have social awkwardness as a symptom that's not enough to go off, you'd need to think about if you have peculiar mannerisms that people comment on even when you're not socially anxious, sensory processing issues, dislike of change etc, family history of certain disorders too.
Something I've noticed even among autistic people without SA is they still tend to suppress themselves a lot, mostly the women due to being more socially aware of their differences (and caring slightly more.) I was watching a YouTube video recently by someone who makes videos about The Sims and the upcoming game paralives, and it was a female YouTuber and she joked about having to reign in her autism while reacting to the video (she is diagnosed.)
Also it has been noted in neuroscience differences in brain regions between men and women with autism especially in social domains, so they found that one area linked to socialising in female autistic people's brains was more like neurotypical males, whereas autistic male brains weren't like neurotypical males or females or autistic females. And there are a bunch of other differences too.
It's definitely quite complicated and research is still ongoing into what autism is.