well all my life i have had problems socialising with people espically children my own age. it got worse as i got to highschool and i had to leave in yr 10 and do my gcse's at home (i dont alright i got b's and an a* for rs) but now im at sixth form (at a different school) and they do everything for me, i dont have to do any presentations or any discussions but i still cant handle it. ive got loads worse now i cant even be around people as i feel trapped and really nervous. ive also got other problems;
1) i cant eat certain foods as i dont like the texture of them
2) i cant cope with change i need things to be exactly the same or i freak out. (such as i need to spend a certain amount of time with my mam before i go to sleep, if not i cant sleep)
3) i like doing things i done when i was little (such as watching baby programmes but not even the ones i used to like, just the ones that used to be on)
4) im above average with all my subjects but i cant do maths or any problem solving?? i get really confused with simply things like money
5) i cant understand when people are being sarcastic and i cant speak the same way as everyone else (I cant have conversations properly i can only ask and answer questions, i cant chat)
Ive got a appointment with a mental health nurse next week but that is just for anxiety, would she be able to diagnose something like this?
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- 24-03-2011 17:44
- 24-03-2011 18:01
I'm like that, but I've got dyspraxia - which although it tends to go more for your coordination, is on the autistic spectrum and so can cause problems like what you've described. My younger sister has rather severe autism and she's very similar to what you have described - especially re. conversations and ritualistic behaviour (you have described feeling that you mutst do certain things in a certain way). With regards to the money problems - excluding a lack of education in maths, there is a small problem called dyscalcula - my sister has it, affects your maths and numerical skills. It's also on the spectrum.
Spectrum's like a rainbow - you have "normal" at one and "profound" at the other. Normal - you have no autism, no dyspraxia/dyslexia/dyscalcula.... Midway - maybe some of what you're describing.. The further you go to the profound end, you're tending towards things such as very innapropriate behaviour (e.g. undressing in public), complete lack of speech, a need for 24/7 care etc. My sister's tending towards severe but not quite profound.
It's maybe worth trying to bring this up with the folks at home? Print out what you've written here and show them?
The mental health nurse cannot diagnose you per se, however it's very much worth discussing this with her - feeling as you do (anxiety) can sometimes be caused, at least in part, by having an ASD. Certainly my dyspraxia has played a role in my anxiety disorder.
S/hel'll advice you what to do next - be it see an ed pysch or your GP.
Good luck with your 6th form studies, and good luck with the nurse - hope it all works out well. PM if you have any questions x
(Original post by daisydaffodil)
- 25-03-2011 11:39
I'm like that, but I've got dyspraxia - which although it tends to go more for your coordination, is on the autistic spectrum.
With regards to the money problems - excluding a lack of education in maths, there is a small problem called dyscalcula - my sister has it, affects your maths and numerical skills. It's also on the spectrum.
Dyspraxia (and many other conditions) may (and may not!) co-exist with an ASD (and so a person may have multiple diagnoses) or a person with that condition may show certains autism-like signs, but that doesn't mean you actually have an ASD and it most definitely doesn't place dyspraxia on the autism spectrum. So please get your own information straight before advising someone else. Start by reading Wikipedia, or something.
OP: I have Asperger Syndrome and some of those things you described do apply to me as well. This of course doesn't necessarily mean that you have AS too - there are many conditions with symptoms similar to those of Asperger's. Anyway, a nurse won't be able to diagnose you with anything, you need to see a specialist (which most likely means that you need to get a referral). An autism spectrum disorder isn't something you can diagnose during a brief 30-minutes-or-less kind of visit where you just list your symptoms, it may be a rather long and complicated assessment process. My AS went undetected by several psychiatrists and psychologists until I was referred to a center where the people actually knew their stuff. I had to see a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and undergo a cognitive abilities assessment there before I received my diagnosis. Anyway, my point is that don't expect the diagnostic process to be quick and simple (although you may get lucky). If your GP or the nurse thinks that there is a possibility of an ASD then ask to be referred to someone who actually has experience with autism spectrum disorders, otherwise you may end up spending a lot of time (and possibly money) going back and forth between people who really aren't up to the job.
- 25-03-2011 18:32
it could well be social anxiety?, it's worth mentioning to the nurse about your worries and she can refer you or tell you where you need to go for help.
Normally autism is picked up when a child is quite young. However, I have been similar to you growing up but not as bad and recently found out i have mild dyspraxia. So not everything is diagnosed when you're a child or in school.
- 25-03-2011 18:34