What are Aspergers symptoms?

Today’s article is about the different symptoms that people with Asperger’s Syndrome deal with. Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that can manifest differently in different individuals. There are said to be different causes, which I believe and understand to be true, and

Symptoms I deal with (or used to).

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Here are the symptoms that I have had while dealing with Asperger’s syndrome:

 

  1. The making of sounds which others just usually don’t understand, or saying phrases or things that don’t make sense to others.
  2. Difficulty learning in the traditional “read this and copy down your thoughts and call it your work” method, or regurgitate information lifelessly – that’s another one I can’t do.
  3. Difficulty making and keeping friends, I believe this is because I’m me, no matter who I meet or am around, etc.A lot of people have simply not wanted to stick around for long after learning who I am. but, this is something that pretty much every single person who deals with Asperger’s experiences in their life journey.Also, when people believe or hold something to be true that the majority finds false, or just outright refuses to hear, this also causes people to not want to associate with you.
  4. I used to have a lot of difficulty in social situations. This can be overcome by just being social, and if available and able to purchase it and use it – phenibut. It’s a very +social nootropic that can help with the ability to be social in anxious situations, or when you’ll be in a large group. Here’s a link to check it out.https://www.reddit.com/r/phenibut/comments/aez8za/2019_updated_phenibut_guide/
  5. The ability to hyperfocus and sometimes obsess about certain topics. My research into natural health and medicine is an example of this.
  6. Aspies have a propensity to… how do I put this…be unable to see other people’s viewpoints, and therefore, this applies to number 3 above. We hold to our truths pretty much until death.
  7. Many Aspies have a problem understanding when something is appropriate. For example, when is it okay to make a loud sound, or clap, whistle, sing or shout. All of my children do this to some extent.You wouldn’t do those things in a library, but my oldest son would whistle and sing, and my middle son has a tenancy to make loud, inappropriate sounds around others – and get in trouble for it. I used to do this – then realized what I was doing. Sometimes, I get the urge to do things like that, and suppress them depending on where I am, or what situation I’m in currently.
  8. Automatic responses – Automatic responses are things like – tapping your fingers on the table or humming / whistling when no one else is, and when you haven’t had the gumption to do so earlier than that moment. It’s sort of spontaneous.Some people like it, some do not. It takes some effort to stop these.I have a tendency to just randomly whistle at times – my stepdad had a reallllly big issue with it when I was a child. So until I moved out, I really only whistled in the opposite side of the house, outside, or when he was asleep or at work.
  9. Making or enjoying random sentences / songs / things. I guess I’m not sure if this one is for aspies or if its just me being creative, but its something that I’ve dealt with my entire life, and I’ve never met someone neurotypical who did it.These are just a few of the things that I’ve had to deal with, or do deal with on a daily basis. Asperger’s, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post is not really that fun, but it has its benefits to those with it.

Symptoms I have heard of people dealing with

Synethsesia – seeing colors associated with words, scents, flavors, etc – but experiencing these phenomena where seeming totally unrelated things become related to other things. Like for example, the word “cat” could be written with a green, orange, and blue letter (in your mind) but no one else would see it.

Symptoms commonly attributed to people with asperger’s.

  • Depression (usually bipolar or manic depression, or both).
  • We often will interrupt someone else with a thought, feeling, or just with something completely random. This can be “stopped” however, but it takes work and practice to “know how to socialize properly”.
  • Often we are not very social creatures, as it doesn’t seem to be a born-with-skill. From what I understand, this can be overcome by immersing a child in social situations that are healthy, however, having been a teenager at one point, I understand that may not work the way one would think.
  • Asperger’s afflicted individuals often take the spotlight without meaning to or realizing it. I’ve learned how to “take my turn” in social situations, though sometimes this results in forgotten thoughts, ideas and inspirations. To combat this, you can carry a small notebook or digital voice recorder everywhere you go.
  • Seemingly random topics and loosely-related ideas or subjects can be totally correlated in the aspie mind. We tend to connect things that have no connection, because that is how our minds have been “wired”.
  • Asperger’s individuals are many times bad at one particular but a genius in many other fields of thought or things. The particular subject can be a field of interest or a topic no one else you know of cares anything about – we have a superpower – it’s called “the ability to hyperfocus”, which is sometimes called being obsessive by those who do not understand the “obsession”.
  • Asperger’s individuals often seem somewhat undeveloped in certain areas – this is okay, and though we can understand the way the world expects us to behave, we may, in certain situations (or most) act completely “developed and mature”. From my own experience, and from speaking with and befriending many others on the autism spectrum, this is not something that is our first priority. Aspies often “know how the world wants them to behave” however, chose to be themselves instead which is wonderful! I think we should be able to do that and enjoy life just as anyone else.There are certain places and spaces where I’m allowed to be totally me (because I’ve designated these areas as “be myself zones”) for example at my workplace(it’s a place that only works with people with “disabilities and barriers to employment) – and at certain stores – where no one cares who you are, how you act, or for the most part, what you do. I conduct myself mostly professionally however, I really don’t feel like acting as a “grown up” always. Life is WAY too short – and especially now, to always be thinking seriously! 🙂

The difference between Asperger’s syndrome and classic autism

Classic autism, or low functioning autism, I would define as not-so-able to live alone or live in non-supervisory conditions.
Classic autists often need a place to live that’s assisted and cannot, for the most part have a normal life: (may not have a job, be able to go shopping, may not be able to drive, or hold a conversation, etc).
As I mentioned in a previous post, though I believe and have come to understand that this can be remediated and/or cured. Autism is, as I understand, not a diagnosis that one must carry all their life – who we are, our personality, and our quirks, positive and negative, I think stay with us even if we do lose our “ATEC” score.

One with “low-functioning autism or “classic autism” would also have a very high ATEC score.
Here’s where you can check someone’s ATEC.

Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

ATEC is not a diagnostic tool, according to the website upon which it resides.
But, the less one’s score, the more likely one is to be higher-functioning.

For Asperger’s syndrome, one is very likely to have an incredibly low score. I don’t remember even diagnosing via ATEC, having only gone through it in my research and seeing it written about in various publications.

ASD or Asperger’s Syndrome, or the Autism Spectrum of Diagnoses is a spectrum, which means that people may always differ and have different locations on the spectrum.
Autism has many different types and “kinds”. It seems that Aspergers is one of the most common though.

 

 

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