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  1. So I have been wondering what it would be like to have blindness or weakness to a colour in addition to being on the spectrum. While many of you may have heard that colour blindness is quite common, in fact it's weakness to a colour, usually green (Deuteranomoly), that's very common. I would suppose that any symptoms that have to do with colour would be different. The ishihara test, the most popular colour discrimination test, is so sensitive that even some who never have real world problems indentifying colour may still fail the test. If you have many real world problems identifying colour, you would have realised early on in life. Is it true that those with even a slight weakness to red (protanomoly) would also realise early on the life? I believe it greatly reduces the ability to see red lights, making them darker, even without casuing any other real world problems identifying colour. These include brake lights on vehicles and port side navigation lights on aircraft and vessels. Just as there are advantages to the autistic mind, anamolous trichromacy actually increases the ability to distinguish certain colours, such as yellows, tans and shades of khaki in case of deuteranomoly and (I believe) protanomoly. I would imagine that weakness to blue (tritanomoly) increase the ability to distinguish colours in the yellow-green-blue region. Green on both road traffic lights and on railway signals looks more green than blue to me? It is any different for the green-weak? So what is it like for someone with Asperger's in addition to blindness or weakness to a colour when they do normal colour vision tests?
  2. I realize I am not making an official diagnosis, as I'm not at all qualified to do that. From the reading I've done thus far, this person's personality reads very much like the typical symptoms of Asperger's. I found this Reddit post and it finally clicked. This person's primary personality trait is how much they talk. Conversations with them are 99% one-sided. They will talk for 5-10 minutes ceaselessly, in a very verbose stream-of-consciousness manner, in revolving and contradictory concepts (circumstantial speech). Social cues like no eye contact, no response, and walking away, do not stop the talking. It's quite off-putting to the people we know in common, and there have been some conflicts as others have quickly grown annoyed by this person. I also notice cycles of verbal ticks, repeating "blah blah" or other nonsense noises for about 20-30 seconds (echolalia or palilalia). They seem to get stuck in a loop for a little bit and then end abruptly with no sense of what just happened. Subjects usually circle around a semi-veiled sense of narcissism - what a great thinker they are, how talented they are at their hobby, and how their antagonists are spreading negative energy. I caught some hints today that they think they are smarter than me. While they are extremely intelligent, and it would not surprise me if they scored very well on an IQ test, their personality proves to be a significant handicap to applying that intelligence. I know they are not a bad person. In fact, they are overly nice to people, although usually in an overwhelming manner. I am sympathetic to understanding mental health, as I am close to family that utilize a lot of mental health resources. I have not met a person (that I know of) that has exhibited traits of Asperger's before. Now that I potentially have, I feel like I should try to put forth an effort to understand the situation, rather than make it worse. However it's tough being around them. The talking is mentally exhausting. The clashes with others are painful to watch. I hate to see the look on other people's faces when they interact with them. What are some tips I can consider to interacting with them? What's an appropriate way to set boundaries on conversations, or in other words, what's the best way to tell them to stop talking? Anything I could do to help improve the situation - should I share this theory with other people we know in a respectful manner?
  3. So, how old were you? And was this a good or bad thing? ie. I was diagnosed in my late teens and it kind of sucked...to be honest. Because along with hormones, I really didn't need something else to deal with. I feel like I could have got more support through school had I been diagnosed earlier.