Do you experience anxiety, extreme shyness or have trouble making friends?

 

Artwork by Jason Limon

Artwork by Jason Limon

Are you experiencing:

“Crippling social anxiety?

EXTREME shyness?

Trouble making casual friends?

Feeling isolated?  

You’re not alone ….

There’s a chance you may be among the gifted few,

Blessed with expansion-pack wiring.

Don’t suffer in silence ,

Explore the wonders of Asperger’s.  

Find your tribe,

You’ll be relieved you did.”

Words by  Kami Bee.

You are always welcome to come and join us at  WASP Women’s Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Page to learn more. http://www.facebook.com/waspwantsyou

 

This Is Autism

Originally posted on Signposts in the fog:

I live in the moment.
The immediate.
I stop to smell the roses.
I also smell burning way before anyone else (other than another autistic person, perhaps).
My husband affectionately called me a bloodhound.
I see order in chaos.
My filing system is chaotic.
I cannot work with it in any other way.
I systemise everything in my life.
People talk to me about their problems because I see solutions others often don’t see.
I think outside the box.
I am outside the box.
I form deep connections with people.
My conversation is not frivolous.
I get to the point.
I accept and respect without judgement.
I don’t conform.
I’m a vegetarian who eats fish, and chicken.
Oh and occasionally sweet and sour spare ribs, but only if they haven’t come from gerbils.
I believe everything I’m told.
I’m innocent, despite my experience.
I’m loyal.
I’m focused.
I have high…

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When Doctors Decide Your Disease Doesn’t Actually Exist

seventhvoice:

Fantastic article……

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:

People come to like their diagnoses, or at least to feel that they have explanatory power for the dissatisfactions in their lives.

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images courtesy shutterstock / wallybird

Theodore Dalrymple writes: Diseases that have no objective tests to distinguish them from normality have a tendency to spread like fungus: for example, it is years since I heard anyone say that he was unhappy rather than depressed, and it cannot be a coincidence that 10 percent of the populations of most western countries are now taking antidepressants. Yet the state of melancholia undoubtedly exists, as anyone who has seen a case will attest.

Likewise with autism. I remember an isolated, friendless and uncommunicative patient who tried to kill himself when his landlord could no longer tolerate the collection of light-bulbs that he had collected since childhood, was constantly enlarging, and that now threatened to fill the whole house. For the…

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What about girls with Asperger’s syndrome?

seventhvoice:

Great post…..

Originally posted on Land of My Sojourn:

In my last post, I said that I think researchers have overlooked Asperger’s syndrome in females, and that’s the biggest problem I have with the “extreme male brain” theory of autism. I’m not the only one that thinks so. Recently I read a very interesting article online from the British Sunday paper The Observer:

Doctors are ‘failing to spot Asperger’s in girls’by Amelia Hill, April 12, 2009.

The article quotes Dr. Judith Gould, director of the UK’s National Autistic Society.  In 1979, she and Lorna Wing co-wrote a paper that helped to begin the process of defining Asperger’s and the autism spectrum.  The British government is forming a strategy on dealing with autism, and Gould is pushing for an effort to pay attention to girls on the spectrum.

“We’re failing girls at the moment. We are doing many thousands of them a great disservice. They are either…

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Are we underdiagnosing autism in girls?

Originally posted on Equal Writes:

by Malavika Balachandran

At Camp Sunshine, a summer camp for mentally disabled children that I used to work at as a camp counselor, we had very few (if any) female participants with autism spectrum disorders. The female campers on the autism spectrum always had autism, and not Asperger’s Syndrome, which is characterized by delay in social development, but not verbal development. Doctors, when diagnosing Asperger’s Syndrome, search for lack of friendship, poor social skills, and very intense interests. However, these symptoms represent stereotyped behaviors of males with the disorder, and thus thousands of girls with Asperger’s Syndrome are going undiagnosed. Females with the disorder, while lacking the social interaction skills, often mask their disorder through silence or imitation of others; also females with the disorder are more likely to have friends than males with the disorder and are less likely to externalize their frustrations and instead passive-aggressively deal with their…

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Women with Asperger’s Syndrome

seventhvoice:

You can never have enough facts………

Originally posted on Autism Spectrum Directory:

by Amber Hensley

Women and girls have been underrepresented in autism. Under the umbrella of autistic spectrum disorder, there lies a category of autisim known as Asperger’s syndrome.

Surely, this is predominately a male’s syndrome? After all, that is what we have been led to believe by clinical psychologists and researchers in the field.

This, however, is becoming a myth. It seems that women and girls have been left unidentified and lost in the world of the Aspie.

Why Is It Difficult To Diagnose Asperger’s Females?

Why is it that women and girls with Asperger’s syndrome have been overlooked? Why have they had difficulties getting a formal diagnosis of this form of autism? Firstly, Asperger’s syndrome is still rather new in awareness and formalised research. Secondly, it is harder to diagnose women and girls because the format presents itself in a much more subtle way than their male counterparts.

In order…

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Tully Smyth – Big Brother

seventhvoice:

Big Brother Au…….. Tully Smyth ….. Did she really deserve a hate page on Facebook?

Originally posted on 2014:

Tully

Now I know Big Brother can be quite polarizing. You either love it or you hate it.  I am one of those people who find it a bizarre social experiment and it fascinates me. I have no problem acknowledging that I love watching the relationships unfold and if I miss an episode I will catch up online.

Tonight, one of the largest players in the game was evicted. She has caused so much controversy after forming a friendship that was seen as inappropriate. Now I don’t want anyone to take this post as thinking that I condone cheating on a partner in anyway, quite the opposite; I think that if her intentions were truly to cheat on her partner then, that is fucked, however.. I will get to my point.

There is NOTHING that anyone in this word can do, that justifies a HATE page on Facebook with 60,000 likes. …

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Self esteem and Aspergers

Originally posted on Aspergers: Through My Eyes:

Self esteem issues are very common in people on the autistic spectrum, from what I have noticed. Indeed, self esteem issues occur with most learning, neurological and physical disabilities-basically anything that society sees as odd or different. In this post, I hope to explain the issues that low self esteem causes in people with Aspergers in particular.

The primary reason that most people with Aspergers, including myself, have self esteem issues, is due to bullying and people not being willing to make allowances for our social mistakes. Personally I have never met anyone with Aspergers who did not experience bullying in their school years and often beyond. Being socially awkward identifies us as targets in the playground. The fact that a lot of people with Aspergers are also physically clumsy doesn’t help matters at all. I always found that certain aspects of my Aspergers made me more sensitive to childhood…

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the trouble with “overdiagnosis” rhetoric

Originally posted on Intellectualizing:

There’s a common sentiment — one I shared before I knew anything about autism — that kids today get too many labels. How can such a huge percentage of kids have autism, ADHD, and so forth? Here’s today’s example article at Salon.

I’ve come to believe that there’s a real concern behind this sentiment, but it accepts too much of the status quo. The problem is not that we’re putting people on the wrong side of the line; the problem is that our bureaucracies insist on drawing a bright line where there isn’t one… and that people are so afraid of autism when they need not be.

If we look at real humans in all their dimensional richness, then we can estimate that they are at 10th or 90th or 99th percentile on “autistic traits,” as observed on some measure such as the ADOS. These tests (not 100% successfully)…

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