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Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Anime Trekker » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:35 pm

Whew, been a long time since I have been here!

In 2011 at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with having Asperger's Syndrome, which is now known in the DSM-V (US) as Autism Spectrum Disorder level 1. I was originally diagnosed as having ADD back in 1989. Kept on getting slapped with that diagnosis, even though my neurologist, several school counselors, and my grandmother (who was a Special Ed. teacher) repeatedly said "I DO NOT KNOW WHAT SHE HAS, BUT THAT IS NOT ADD!!!!" Well in September/October of 2010, my uncle (who works as secretary/tech at a local hospital) came home with a bunch of papers on Asperger's Syndrome, and asked me to read them. I severely identified with every single symptom of Asperger's.

A few days later, my mom took me to the Social Security office to file the paperwork for disability. Several weeks later, the Department of Social Security sent me letter stating that I have an appointment with a Disability Determinations Specialist for evaluation. So I went to the appointment with the specialist, which was 6 months after I had filed for disability. After about 20 minutes of interviews and observations, the specialist told me that I have the most classic case of Asperger's she had ever seen!!!!

I was wondering if there are any others here with either Asperger's, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), or is under the ASD umbrella?

Edit: The one thing that really pisses me off about getting diagnosed as an adult is this:

I have a stepbrother who is the same age as me who also has Asperger's. Even though I have a case of Asperger's that is more severe than his is, my stepbrother still was able to get diagnosed with it all the way back in 1994, when Asperger's was first included in the DSM-IV in 1994 (DSM-V came out in 2013). Jimmy, my stepbrother, was able to get onto Social Security Disability/Social Security Disability Income, get specialized job training, etc. I blame my late diagnosis on two things:

1) My stepbrother and I went to 2 completely school districts and had 2 completely different doctors. Instead of helping the special ed. students, the schools that I went to mostly tossed us aside. Whereas Jimmy went to the schools in the city, and the schools there cared about the students.

2) It is actually much more difficult to diagnose girls with Asperger's because the diagnostic criteria is geared towards boys.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Talon Sinnah » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:08 pm

Never heard of it personally. I know my nephew has ADD along with a few of my cousins. I'm sorry to hear it took so long to diagnos you Anime.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Bmat » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:00 am

Hello, Anime!

I am also sorry about the delayed diagnosis, especially since you have classic symptoms.

The first I ever heard about Asperger's was at the Vine when I asked Asp about the meaning of his name.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Anime Trekker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:19 pm

Talon Sinnah wrote:Never heard of it personally. I know my nephew has ADD along with a few of my cousins. I'm sorry to hear it took so long to diagnos you Anime.


People with Asperger's are often misdiagnosed as ADD

From http://www.drhallowell.com/add-adhd/additional-addadhd-resources/what-is-the-difference-between-asperger%E2%80%99s-disorder-as-and-attention-deficit-disorder-add/
Children and adults with AS are often misdiagnosed as ADD and vice versa. Both diagnoses share some similarities, and it is possible for a person to have both diagnoses, but there are distinct differences between the two conditions.

ADD is primarily characterized by restlessness, impulsivity and distractibility. It is marked by hyperactivity and/or inattentiveness. Socially, ADDers typically talk too much, interrupt others but are usually very engaging and interactive.

The major distinction between AS and ADD is that in AS there is a marked impairment to initiate and sustain connection with others. They do not read or demonstrate nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, facial expression, vocal inflection and gestures that help regulate social interaction. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich and some AS children sound like “little professors.” However, persons with AS can be extremely literal and have difficulty using language in a social context. AS persons have difficulty with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. There is also a tendency to demonstrate an obsession with repetitive patternsof behavior, interests, and activities. Many persons with AS exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. It’s important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. These persons may be perceived by others as being aloof, “in their own little world” and oblivious to the feelings of others. Many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences (believed to be a right hemisphere dysfunction) and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior. Because of their eccentricities, ASers easily become victims of teasing and bullying.

The confusion between ADD and AS results from some overlapping features. Both disorders are characterized by reduced performance on tasks of executive function and information processing. Both ADDers and ASers may have difficulty making and keeping friends, but for different reasons. Intelligence scores are often in the superior to exceptionally high ranges. Because both groups have unique difficulties ADDers and ASers may be seen as anxious. And, like ADD, AS is most certainly not the result of “improper parenting.”

A complete neuropsychological evaluation is recommended as a way of determining a differential diagnosis. Treatment may involve medication, but the most successful treatment approach is with social skills groups. ASers need to learn how to read and demonstrate subtle non-verbal messages, friendship skills, anti-bully tactics, stress reduction. A coach or therapist who specializes in executive function can be a helpful addition to the treatment team.

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Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome:

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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Anime Trekker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:41 pm

Anime Trekker wrote:
Talon Sinnah wrote:Never heard of it personally. I know my nephew has ADD along with a few of my cousins. I'm sorry to hear it took so long to diagnos you Anime.


People with Asperger's are often misdiagnosed as ADD

From http://www.drhallowell.com/add-adhd/additional-addadhd-resources/what-is-the-difference-between-asperger%E2%80%99s-disorder-as-and-attention-deficit-disorder-add/
Children and adults with AS are often misdiagnosed as ADD and vice versa. Both diagnoses share some similarities, and it is possible for a person to have both diagnoses, but there are distinct differences between the two conditions.

ADD is primarily characterized by restlessness, impulsivity and distractibility. It is marked by hyperactivity and/or inattentiveness. Socially, ADDers typically talk too much, interrupt others but are usually very engaging and interactive.

The major distinction between AS and ADD is that in AS there is a marked impairment to initiate and sustain connection with others. They do not read or demonstrate nonverbal behaviors such as eye contact, facial expression, vocal inflection and gestures that help regulate social interaction. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich and some AS children sound like “little professors.” However, persons with AS can be extremely literal and have difficulty using language in a social context. AS persons have difficulty with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. There is also a tendency to demonstrate an obsession with repetitive patternsof behavior, interests, and activities. Many persons with AS exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. It’s important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. These persons may be perceived by others as being aloof, “in their own little world” and oblivious to the feelings of others. Many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences (believed to be a right hemisphere dysfunction) and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior. Because of their eccentricities, ASers easily become victims of teasing and bullying.

The confusion between ADD and AS results from some overlapping features. Both disorders are characterized by reduced performance on tasks of executive function and information processing. Both ADDers and ASers may have difficulty making and keeping friends, but for different reasons. Intelligence scores are often in the superior to exceptionally high ranges. Because both groups have unique difficulties ADDers and ASers may be seen as anxious. And, like ADD, AS is most certainly not the result of “improper parenting.”

A complete neuropsychological evaluation is recommended as a way of determining a differential diagnosis. Treatment may involve medication, but the most successful treatment approach is with social skills groups. ASers need to learn how to read and demonstrate subtle non-verbal messages, friendship skills, anti-bully tactics, stress reduction. A coach or therapist who specializes in executive function can be a helpful addition to the treatment team.

By Rebecca Shafir,M.A.CCC


Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome:

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I have also got a list of tv characters with definite Asperger's/ASD traits, or have been confirmed to have Asperger's/ASD:

Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Bones)
Dr. House (House)
Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Max Braverman (Parenthood)
The entire Belcher family from Bob's Burgers
Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
Abed Nadir (Community)
Carl (the PBS kids series Arthur)
Lt Reginald Barclay (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
At least 1/3 of the people featured on the shows "Hoarders" and "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
Walter O'Brien (Scorpion)
Happy (Scorpion)
Sylvester Dodd (Scorpion)

Not human but definitely have Aspie traits:
Lt. Commander Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Spock (Star Trek)
Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager)
T'Pol (Star Trek Enterprise)
Rom (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Anime characters with Asperger's traits:
Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Tsukasa (.hack//sign)
L (Death Note)
Near (Death Note)
Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan)
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Ariel » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:21 pm

Hi Anime Trekker! That was quite informative and a fascinating read. It is wonderful to see you again!
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Bmat » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:35 am

Another tv character on the spectrum was Mr. Monk.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Frost67 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:01 pm

I have a nephew who was diagnosed with mild autism. He's now in college.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Max » Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:13 am

Haha, you missed Stan Marsh..
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby Frost67 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 1:22 pm

Bmat wrote:Another tv character on the spectrum was Mr. Monk.


I loved watching that show.
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Re: Anyone here have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

Postby ClintMer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:36 am

Bmat wrote:Another tv character on the spectrum was Mr. Monk.


Yes! I always thought that too.
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