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    There are honestly times when I feel like I'm pretty certain and then other times where I think I don't. The thing is I have many traits but they can potentially explained via other conditions I know I have for certain like adhd and anxiety.

    During socialising, most of the time I spend on just getting the other person to like me cause I've never had many friends since I was about 13, so therefore I put a lot of value into getting any potential new ones. I was bullied for being weird in secondary school which gave me extreme anxiety. I know the adhd in particular was influential cause I'd always forget things but I also had poor social skills. To highlight how the adhd afffected me back then, on the first day I was asked what day it was for some reason by the teacher and I couldn't remember and everyone took this piss for a while after and I got a rep for being an idiot (despite being good academically at the time.

    Anyway I'll explain the confusion and illustrate how I seem to have some traits yet also possess traits that seem contradict my understanding of aspergers.

    I'm a slave to routine but when I put in the effort to try and do something new or alter it I actually feel happy rather than being annoyed about it. Unlike most people with aspergers I completely understand sarcasm and most subtext. However like with Aspergers I do find it hard to connect with people. Starting and then maintaining conversation is so hard for me. I spend every second thinking they are gonna get bored of me. However once I get into the flow of a convo I can talk about anything I feel. I have had things that I have been obsessed with in the past. These I no longer obsess over for the most part. I seem to have a lot of hobbies that I'm very into almost borderline obsessed at times but eventually I do get bored of them if I spend to much time focusing on one of them for too long.

    Could someone with some experience with autism/aspergers shine any light onto this? There's a lot of conflicting sympoms I belive so I'm finding it hard to say for say with any certainty.
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    Everyone has traits of autism, its a spectrum so you could have mild Aspergers.
    The only you can find out is talking to your GP or a mental health professional who will help you figure it out,

    (I have Aspergers so feel free to ask me anything )
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    There are honestly times when I feel like I'm pretty certain and then other times where I think I don't. The thing is I have many traits but they can potentially explained via other conditions I know I have for certain like adhd and anxiety.

    During socialising, most of the time I spend on just getting the other person to like me cause I've never had many friends since I was about 13, so therefore I put a lot of value into getting any potential new ones. I was bullied for being weird in secondary school which gave me extreme anxiety. I know the adhd in particular was influential cause I'd always forget things but I also had poor social skills. To highlight how the adhd afffected me back then, on the first day I was asked what day it was for some reason by the teacher and I couldn't remember and everyone took this piss for a while after and I got a rep for being an idiot (despite being good academically at the time.

    Anyway I'll explain the confusion and illustrate how I seem to have some traits yet also possess traits that seem contradict my understanding of aspergers.

    I'm a slave to routine but when I put in the effort to try and do something new or alter it I actually feel happy rather than being annoyed about it. Unlike most people with aspergers I completely understand sarcasm and most subtext. However like with Aspergers I do find it hard to connect with people. Starting and then maintaining conversation is so hard for me. I spend every second thinking they are gonna get bored of me. However once I get into the flow of a convo I can talk about anything I feel. I have had things that I have been obsessed with in the past. These I no longer obsess over for the most part. I seem to have a lot of hobbies that I'm very into almost borderline obsessed at times but eventually I do get bored of them if I spend to much time focusing on one of them for too long.

    Could someone with some experience with autism/aspergers shine any light onto this? There's a lot of conflicting sympoms I belive so I'm finding it hard to say for say with any certainty.
    well dont think of stereotypes, most people with aspergers understand sarcasm. But you should see if you can diagnose yourself with the DSM V criteria, if you can then you could be clinically diagnosed, if not then you have some traits but wouldnt meet all criteria for a diagnosis.
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    and also they have removed aspergers now and merged it with HFA (high functioning autism) so I think you'd just be diagnosed with that now instead if anything. So you can look at the DSM 4 criteria for aspergers and the DSM 5 criteria for HFA to see for yourself if you think you meet all the requirements for a diagnosis. Generally the points have to be impairments which negatively impact your life, so it's not "you enjoy routine" but "you get very upset and cant function properly if your routine is broken" etc.
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    I'll be honest, I've got aspergers. And it is difficult living with it. However, you do need to go to your GP and ask for a referral since if you ARE diagnosed with Aspergers/HFA, you will be able to get the help you need
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    (Original post by BlownTyre)
    I'll be honest, I've got aspergers. And it is difficult living with it. However, you do need to go to your GP and ask for a referral since if you ARE diagnosed with Aspergers/HFA, you will be able to get the help you need
    There's no help out there. That's my experience anyway.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    There's no help out there. That's my experience anyway.
    it depends what you need, you could probably quite easily get a variety of prescription drugs if you have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, it will probably be easy to convince a GP to give you anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication or any number of other things. For the actual diagnosis itself, funded on the NHS this might be harder and you might have to wait a little while (on a waiting list) and travel a little to get to the assessment depending on where you live. For therapy I am not sure but I think you could get NHS funded therapy also.
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    (Original post by icdjabtjk)
    it depends what you need, you could probably quite easily get a variety of prescription drugs if you have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, it will probably be easy to convince a GP to give you anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication or any number of other things. For the actual diagnosis itself, funded on the NHS this might be harder and you might have to wait a little while (on a waiting list) and travel a little to get to the assessment depending on where you live. For therapy I am not sure but I think you could get NHS funded therapy also.
    There are no drugs for Autism.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    There are no drugs for Autism.
    well no theres no drug for "autism" but autism is just a general term, an autistic person can have (or may not have) many debilitating traits which can be treated though, such as anxiety, obsessiveness, depression, trouble sleeping etc.. and there are drugs for these kind of things. Some autistic people are generally fine without anything, some autistic people might have epilepsy and need drugs for that (epilepsy and autism are sometimes linked), some autistic people might just have too much anxiety and have drugs for that. So no there isnt an anti-autism drug.. and really that would just be taking away the persons entire personality I think, autism is who you are as well. But there are drugs to help with various things someone diagnosed with autism may face in their life.
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    I disagree there is help out there for example if you are studying you can apply for DSA and have mentors and software ect or if you tell an employer there is always support offered there aswell, there are also support groups if you look. It just a matter of finding them.

    I agree with the poster above autism is co morbid with mental illnesses and epilepsy so medication could help for there and counselling ect.
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    (Original post by kahinalouise)
    I disagree there is help out there for example if you are studying you can apply for DSA and have mentors and software ect or if you tell an employer there is always support offered there aswell, there are also support groups if you look. It just a matter of finding them.

    I agree with the poster above autism is co morbid with mental illnesses and epilepsy so medication could help for there and counselling ect.
    In my experience, there's no help. Yes, there are support groups, which I've attended. But they were no good when they just kept changing the way they were run. (and they're not a substitute for counselling, etc)

    Miedcation is rather pointless when you don't have the comobid illnesses.
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    (Original post by OU Student)
    In my experience, there's no help. Yes, there are support groups, which I've attended. But they were no good when they just kept changing the way they were run. (and they're not a substitute for counselling, etc)

    Miedcation is rather pointless when you don't have the comobid illnesses.
    Fair enough, I guess I'm lucky then to have had support from college, uni, employers and counselors. I found that most people don't have a good understanding of autism so you have to ask for the help and support that you need.

    I've never been to a support group but the one you went to doesn't sound as if they understood autism if they kept changing things.

    I've never been on medication but it might be helpful for some people.

    I didn't have a diagnosis till i was 17 so went for a long time without any help.
    If I didn't have a diagnosis I still reckon that I would be fine because I'm the best person to help me, I learnt to adapt and find ways around things I find difficult. I figured If I have to live with it for my the rest of my life I'm going to make it work so I can do the things I want to do.
    My psychiatrist didn't think I would be able to get a job because I have Aspergers, depression, anxiety and ptsd but I did. Not sure if that is just me being stubborn.

    Sorry for the ramble, I hope that your able to do the things you want to do and are able to get the support you need someday
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    I have aspergers and found a diagnosis helpful. I think finding out what you were like as a child and comparing that to the childhood symptom lists may be helpful. Then speak to the GP if you suspect you have it.
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    Just from this post there is nothing there that to me, screams ASD but only you know yourself it's hard to tell on a forum. Your symptoms/traits might be linked to your adhd as the two conditions have overlapping symptoms.
 
 
 
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