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  1. Hello, I'm a French 21 woman, so forgive me for my bad english. I joined this forum because I have suspect myself to be asperger, but I don't know, and I don't know how to know it or not. For the moment I don't have any money and I don't want to talk about that to my family, so I prefer to stay away from professional consulting for the moment : also because I would like to first figure out on my own if I might be asperger or not. I love watching documentaries about people's life, and when it came to a documentary about autism, it made me remember some of my childhood behaviours, so I started to have a look on youtube channels about autism, and conferences. I recognized myself very stongly in the female asperger syndrom, but not totally, also a little bit on the male one. What I mean about that is that I really struggle with my social life, and I used to have nearly no sical life, like if my classmates did not even exist. Then I started to be preoccupied and stressed about that when it became dangerous for me : when I started to be bullied. I don't have specially a routine, neither an obssessive hobby. I have a lot of different important hobbies but I'm not obssessed about a single thing, so it's difficult for me to figure out if yes or no I might be asperger. And what it make it even harder is that I have no problem with empathy or imagination, I can't watch people in the eyes but I still understand more or less what they are feeling. I never intended to be strange or whatever, but people around me, of all ages, all kinf of relationships (people who hates or liked me, or teachers, family) kept saying to me I'm odd, or original, or strange, through all my life. I also have some struggles with sensory overload, auto-stimulation etc, I did several metldown when I was really tired in class, or stressed. But when I'm doing well I just look like normal you know ? I start to act weird only when I'm tired or anxious, or drunk. (or when I was a child), but now, I just look like normal that's why I really struggle to know if I'm asperger or not, it's like if I was half asperger half normal, and the reason why might be the adaptation and constant control of myself, but I don't even notice it in my everyday life. I don't know if it could have any impact but I also am "very gifted" person even if I don't like the term, so it's even harder for me to distinguish what could belongs to high IQ, and what belongs to potential autism ? I just recongize myself more in the autistic side than in the highly gifted one. Thank you for reading !
  2. Hello,everyone.My name is Fagetan Bogdan.I'm from Romania,Europe.I'm 15 years old. I'm a youtuber,artist & game developer & I'm also a creative and emotional person (special). Honestly,I don't have a lot of friends,but I'm thinking that I found the best place for me in the social sense to make graciosly people.I'm thinking right now & I realise I'm not alone & without strange persons something in this world maybe beeing a cumplt disaster I guess.I have many things to say,but not in this moment. Well,nice job,Willow,you're the greatest person for me for making this forum for special people like me,I'm honored. I think this is going to be fun,atractive & and the most interesting forum here that I never seen before.
  3. DominikaCupcake

    Can animals have asperger/autism?

    So what do you think, can animals have asperger? I've been thinking about it the last month. My boyfriend's family often take care of four schnauzers sometimes at the weekends. Three of them are completely normal dogs, but one of them is different. She doesn't like to be touched that much, she doesn't want much contact with humans and other three dogs. She has problems with trusting people. I've seen her for the first time in October 2012, but in December 2013 was the first time i could touch her. It really made me think if animals can be autistic. Probably i'm just misinterprating things, but who knows, there might be possibility. Is there any evidence that animals can't be autistic? I was reading that apes can have autism, but this might be caused by the similarity in human and ape brain and DNA. They can experience angst and many of the same psychological problems as humans do. https://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/blog/2011/an-ape-with-autism If you want, you can read this article about a bonobo ape with autism.
  4. The man whose name would be used to label our 'condition' may now have passed on - having died in October 1980 - but if you ever had the chance to meet him would you have taken that chance? Hans was an Austrian pediatrician - born in February 18, 1906 on a farm outside Vienna (Austria's capital city). He was a man who, ironically, may have had the very condition his name would be given to. At an early age he showed special talents in language, and already in the first school years he was known for his frequent quotations of the Austrian national poet, Franz Grillparzer. He had difficulty finding friends and was considered to be "remote". In the youth movement of the 1920's, however, he met with some comrades with whom he maintained contact all through his life. He was conferred doctor of medicine in 1931 and assumed directorship of the play-pedagogic station at the university children's clinic in Vienna in 1932. He married in 1935 and had five children. From 1934 he was affiliated with the psychiatric clinic in Leipzig. Asperger published the first definition of Asperger Syndrome in 1944. In four boys, he identified a pattern of behavior and abilities that he called “autistic psychopathy,” meaning autism (self) and psychopathy (personality). The pattern included “a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversation, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements.” Asperger called children with AS “little professors,” because of their ability to talk about their favourite subject in great detail. Asperger showed a positive outlook towards the children - treating them sympathetically and been convinced that, despite their difficulties, many would use their special talents in adulthood. He followed one child, Fritz V., into adulthood. V. became a professor of astronomy and solved an error in Newton’s work he originally noticed as a child. During a time when Austria was occupied by the Nazis - who were intolerant to the disabled and sent such individuals to the concentration camps to be killed - Asperger's positive outlook and passionate defense of the value of autistic individuals was best shown in a paper he wrote, stating "We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfill their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their care-givers.". Asperger's paper ultimately saved hundreds, if not thousands, of Autistic children from been sent to the camps. His paper was published during wartime and in German, so it was not widely read elsewhere. In the later part of World War II Asperger served as a soldier in Croatia. He was habilitated as a lecturer at the University of Vienna in 1944 and became director of the children's clinic in 1946. He became professor at the university children's clinic – the Universitäts-Kinderklinik – in Innsbruck in 1957, and from 1962 held the same tenure in Vienna. From 1964 he headed the medical station of the SOS-Kinderdörfer (SOS Children's villages) in Hinterbrühl. Asperger was became professor emeritus in 1977. He was working until the last, delivering a lecture six days prior to his death on October 21st. His work was later translated from German and published, with English researcher Lorna Wing (who passed away June 6th 2014) proposing the name 'Asperger Syndrome' for the condition Hans had been studying in her groundbreaking 1981 academic paper Asperger Syndrome: a Clinical Account. The term became popularized and later became a standard diagnosis in 1992 in the World Health Organization Manual - although it wasn't made a standard diagnosis in the American Psychiatric Association's manual (the DSM-IV) until 1994. Today, in the DSM-V, it has been labelled as been a less severe version of Autism but it still exists on its own in the World Health Organization Manual. Hans Asperger's birthday, February 18, was declared International Asperger's Day. --- If Hans Aspergers was alive and if the language barrier wasn't a problem, I would have definitely have loved to have met him, just to see what kind of man he was like. Now, where did I park my TARDIS?
  5. If you could image your Autism / Aspergers as a living creature, what would you imagine it as? This is just to get your imagination going and they're no right or wrong answers - we're all different. The animal/creature you image your Autism/Aspergers to be can be as real, mythological or made up as you want it to be. I'll go first, just to get us going. If I could image my Aspergers as been like any animal, I would imagine it as been like a Dragon. My reason been that dragons are a mix of contrasts that can blend together in unique and unlikely ways. They can be gentle or menacing, beautiful or scary, wise or naiive, etc. Their abilities, colours, personalities and be able to exist in so many different places - both in the physical planes and beyond.
  6. Found these petitions on http://change.org to fight against the ridicule against the autistic community. https://www.change.org/petitions/facebook-remove-the-page-asperger-s-is-funny-cause-they-re-retards-2 http://www.change.org/petitions/deviantart-remove-hateful-comments-about-asperger-s-syndrome . I am taking a stand against the ridiculing of the autistic community and against the words retard and retarded used to ridicule the autistic community.
  7. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), made a dire prediction earlier this month during an event sponsored by the Groton Wellness organization. She said, Seneff was leading a presentation that showed a strong correlation between the increased use of Roundup starting in the early 1990’s and the rising number of autism diagnoses over the past three decades. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 children were diagnosed with autism. The current rate is 1 in 68, and it shows no sign of slowing down. “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.“ Roundup is a weed killer produced by Monsanto that contains glyphosate, a substance that has been shown to cause toxic side effects similar to those found in autism. Monsanto has also been producing genetically modified crops (GMOs) that are designed to withstand the effects of Roundup weed killer. The use of GMOs has come under fire in the United States during recent years. Dr. Seneff is a veteran researcher who has published several papers on the effects of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins. During her presentation, she explained how glyphosate kills beneficial gut bacteria and causes deficiencies in key minerals, including cobalt, iron, and manganese. Studies have shown that children with autism often have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder. Similar correlations between autism and glyphosate are also found in deaths caused by senility. She raised other frightening statistics, including studies that have shown that Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans, and that glyphosate has been discovered in excessively high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, as much as 760 to 1,600 the allowable limits in European drinking water. While it may be tempting to dismiss these findings as the extreme work of one researcher, it is important to note that Dr. Seneff is a respected scientist with an impressive background in research on nutritional deficiencies and the impact on environmental toxins. She has published 10 articles in various scientific journals, seven as head author, and she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. And while correlation does not necessarily indicate causation, the extremely high Pearson Correlation Coefficient score of 0.99 is difficult to ignore. This, combined with the extreme prevalence of foods containing GMOs that were likely treated with Roundup in the United States is enough to give anyone pause. Glyphosate can be found in soft drinks and candies sweetened by corn syrup, chips and cereals containing soy, and cattle and chicken fed soy. Basically, in the United States, it’s in just about any food that isn’t organic. Monsanto maintains that glyphosate and GMOs are safe, listing a series of studies on their website at http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/roundup-safety-background-materials.aspx. To view the slides from Dr. Seneff’s presentation, follow this link http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/. Source Article: http://www.autismdailynewscast.com/warning-half-of-all-children-will-have-autism-by-2025/12873/laurel-joss/
  8. Its strange to talk about how i feel to people coz its like my words are translated into another language and i end up feeling misunderstood. Anyways.. Since ive started to study what asperger means and how it described lots of problems ive had growing up, in family life and school and other social situations , it has felt like a dead end. I appreciate that the diagnosis exist and that people are communicating about it, but i dont know how i should find my own way, without being stressed by the outside world, and how to find and accept some kind of position in life. Im not stupid, i try so many things but it doesn't give me the manual i need, i cant stand the psychosocial values and ways of the world, its like the all i believed in growing up ive now understood arent real or any good. But totally isolating me makes me anxious, even though id like to be able to be unattached. I think about death almost every day, how it would be easy if there were any gun around (which there ain't) to just end it, it dont want to destroy my familys life and my best friends life that way, but i cant help thinking about it. Its like i dont have the energy and know-how soul in my skull that should be there, that others seem to have. Ive tried at some times in my life to self medicate, with alcohol, or/and stimulants and benso, but drug abuse have always hurt me and made me more sick than helped, it only helped at some points for temporary motivation and focus to connect to others, but it never lasted. So i gave it up about 6 months ago. Now all i have is meditation which clears my head from the worse, and my apartment to keep clean. I dont go to school anymore and i havent tried small jobs around anything yet. I get enough money to live on, coz of having the diagnosis (some lucky ones gets it that way in sweden). I dont care about earning more money coz theres nothing I could buy that would fix anything. Could someone tell me about finding some peace with aspergers and how to accept a kind of secure loneliness, not trying to fit in where you cant, and how to activate some motivation in life and discover positive sides of aspergers. Thanks..
  9. DavideC

    Hello Everybody!:-)

    I'm new here on this forum. I'm 14 years old and i live in Switzerland. Last year I have been diagnosed with Aspergers. I'm beeing homeschooled for the moment. Also I'm going trough a depression. I'm happy to join this forum! And sorry if my english is bad or something;) Love to all!
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