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Aspergers In Russia

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"Так сложилось, что в России отсутствует диагностика синдрома Аспергера и аутизма у взрослых. Поэтому люди вынуждены прибегнуть к самодиагностике. "
"As things stand in Russia there is no available diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome available to adults. Therefore, people are forced to resort to self-diagnosis"
The site I found is www.aspergers.ru and it's a pretty quiet site. It got me to thinking if maybe I could apply my language studies to connect with the Russian people on the spectrum. You see, over here and in the EU or USA, there are resources for adults who have AS. There may be very long waiting lists but at least you can get to see an autism specialist. I popped on the Russian AS forums and always find the real spoken Russian to be tougher than my textbook language. In real life there are more idioms and more modern words. In AS jargon they use English terms such as "HT" for "NT". In Russian "H" is "N".
Russian Aspies are having some interesting debates and some of the members have other disorders such as schizoid personality or schizophrenia.
I think it's a safe bet to assume psychology in Russia lags other countries. The culture may be less tolerant too in a way as AS is seen as "autism" and a psychiatric disorder.
I will dwell on it. I'm curious as to how a Russian AS site would welcome me (or not) but one snag is many won't process members in other countries due to post codes.
If anyone is interested I'll share what I discover.

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Dr-David-Banner

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Nesf

My experience of ASD forums in non-English speaking countries is that they are generally inactive and mainly for parents of autistic kids. Here in Greece there is no decent, active ASD forum. Most people with ASD who join forums use the English speaking ones.

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Dr-David-Banner

You're right the forum seems inactive. Plus, only children get diagnosed for autism in Russia. I guess perhaps the mentality in Russia is abnormality doesn't fit. We've seen this already in the reactionary thinking towards gays and lesbians. The forum topics I found though were very communicative. The Russian Asperger community adopted words like "Aspie" and they're working towards getting diagnosis for adults. I am incredibly busy at the moment trying to put my own house in order but will try and explore it.

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Nesf

It's the same here, they seem to think that adults can't be diagnosed and that it's only for children.

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DavidTheWitch

I wonder how Autistics are treated there?

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Dr-David-Banner

I found something out about Russia that surprised me a lot. Apparently it's still common for Russian parents to use a belt on their offspring. For example, lots of Russian parents if they find their son or daughter has bullied or lied, they will use a belt. My point: Well, I figure if you're on the spectrum in Russia maybe a lot of parents will conclude it's a defect. I also think being gay or bisexual is seen as an actual disorder - it could be due to the former militarised nature of the society.
I believe too in Oriental countries like Signapore or Korea being on the spectrum isn't tolerated as there's such a teamwork dynamic to culture. At least in Russia more enlightened views are getting across.


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Dr-David-Banner

It turns out the Russian Aspie community is alive and kicking. Typical thread, "Would you like to be rid of autism? One guy responds:
".Хотели бы вы стать серой жидкой биомассой или остаться достойным индивидумом новой рассы и обладать уникальными качествами?"
"Would you want to be a drab, liquid biomass or remain a useful individual of a new race with unique qualities?"
So, the Russian aspies too are aware of "The Tomorrow People" ideology. Actually I have the original series created by Roger Price who was inspired by David Bowie. The Tomorrow People were kids with telekinetic and other powers and were the Homo Superior. The new race of intergalactic humans. NT's were called "The Saps" (Homo Sapiens"). Don't confuse the original series with the rubbish modern American version. The 1970's Tomorrow People was like the little brother of Dr Who. My favourite episode was "Living Skins". The kids buy these bubble-skin jump suits that take over the body and alter the personality of the wearer. The Earth is then invaded by these bobbing baloons that shout "Absorb! Absorb!"
I ought to pop onto the Russian ASD site and introduce myself as the alternative to "The Saps".

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DavidTheWitch

Do you have a link to the Tomorrow People?

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