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19_Kilo

Are You on The Spectrum?

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19_Kilo

Seems like every third millenial I meet these days claims to be "on the Spectrum." Referring of course to an Autism diagnosis. Or self-diagnosis.

I've been of the opinion for a couple years now, due in part to the above sentence, that Autism, like Bipolar Disorder and NPD, is egregiously over-diagnosed in the U.S. 

Good to see I'm not alone...

 

https://nationalpost.com/health/autism-epidemic

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drakonwick
3 hours ago, Tuco's Gas said:

Seems like every third millenial I meet these days claims to be "on the Spectrum." Referring of course to an Autism diagnosis. Or self-diagnosis.

I've been of the opinion for a couple years now, due in part to the above sentence, that Autism, like Bipolar Disorder and NPD, is egregiously over-diagnosed in the U.S. 

Good to see I'm not alone...

 

https://nationalpost.com/health/autism-epidemic

I will just say that ignorance and pervasiveness, have quite an impact on reality when it comes to these mental disorders.

 

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Piney
9 hours ago, Tuco's Gas said:

Seems like every third millenial I meet these days claims to be "on the Spectrum." Referring of course to an Autism diagnosis. Or self diagnosis..

Seems more the pattern.

I went through a full University of Pennsylvania study. I have twice as many receptors that fire twice is fast and can see patterns that other's can't and earned me more academic citations in studies and papers than most PhDs. Although I'm not a person who likes to be touched and is super nuts about everything being clean and straight. I skeeve filthy people and filthy homes to the point of panic.   I can't "think through"  higher math and a associates is as far as I went in one subject. I have a speech hesitation, can't get what's in my head to my mouth and write better than I speak so a teaching or lecturing position never happened. 

I did take a crap load of varied courses though to earn my title of Cultural Resources Specialist but it took years and I kept bombing the Algebra and Trig in the geology and archaeology departments and had a hell of a time with the biology and botany courses at the Rutgers Forestry-Agriculture School. 

But I'm a firm believer in "no excuses" and hate when people us ASD as one. 

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XenoFish
2 minutes ago, Piney said:

Although I'm not a person who likes to be touched and is super nuts about everything being clean and straight. I skeeve filthy people and filthy homes to the point of panic. 

:whistle:

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GlitterRose

Everyone probably is on the spectrum somewhere and it's just a matter of degree. 

But you don't lean on it like a crutch. You find your strengths and work with them.

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19_Kilo
1 hour ago, Piney said:

Seems more the pattern.

I went through a full University of Pennsylvania study. I have twice as many receptors that fire twice is fast and can see patterns that other's can't and earned me more academic citations in studies and papers than most PhDs. Although I'm not a person who likes to be touched and is super nuts about everything being clean and straight. I skeeve filthy people and filthy homes to the point of panic.   I can't "think through"  higher math and a associates is as far as I went in one subject. I have a speech hesitation, can't get what's in my head to my mouth and write better than I speak so a teaching or lecturing position never happened. 

I did take a crap load of varied courses though to earn my title of Cultural Resources Specialist but it took years and I kept bombing the Algebra and Trig in the geology and archaeology departments and had a hell of a time with the biology and botany courses at the Rutgers Forestry-Agriculture School. 

But I'm a firm believer in "no excuses" and hate when people us ASD as one. 

What type of "receptors" do you allegedly possess that fire twice as fast and are double in amount of us mere average folk?

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Sheltie

Yes, the autism debate is very similar to the obesity debate.  There are many factors contributing to the obesity epidemic but a lot of people have decided to simply blame it all on genetics. 

We live in an era where people are encouraged to pick and choose the characteristics of their designer ailments.

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Piney
4 hours ago, Tuco's Gas said:

What type of "receptors" do you allegedly possess that fire twice as fast and are double in amount of us mere average folk?

Neuro

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CD_Stargazer

I honestly don't know for sure. My fiancee is an Aspie and she certainly seems to think, with some good evidence, that I am too. Hard to say for sure, because I don't want to diagnose myself. Some of the isms that point to being Aspie could just be manifestations of generalized anxiety disorder (something I've actually been diagnosed with), and just being a generally 'different' kind of person. 

Honestly, overdiagnosis is becoming a problem with Autism because of self-diagnosis this time; whereas ADHD was due to over-enthusiastic doctors handing out diagnoses left and right like they were going out of style. Not every character flaw or neuro-divergent behavior needs to be diagnosed as a disorder. Not in my mind, anyway. There are cases where diagnosis and treatment are important for the individual, and then there are other times where the label really doesn't matter at all and people would be better off without the label and the encouraged use of it as an excuse.

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spartan max2

I think people overly self-diagnose for sure. People will read the symptoms and be like hey I got a couple of those lol, but it's not the same.

But as a aspie I'm not too concerned with it being over diagnosed. I think overdiagnosing is just temporary over correction because we use to not know what it was. I'm more concerned with the people who want to act like it isn't a real thing (or heaven forbid the people who think it's from vaccines lol)

People with autism have real structural differences in the brain.

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19_Kilo
3 hours ago, Piney said:

Neuro

Neuro?

As in neurotransmitters receptors? The neurons in the brain that take in neurotransmitter chemicals from other cells? You know receptors are useless unless they have more transmitters to fire off the chemicals, right? And the way those meds that increase levels work is by preventing the uptake of the chemicals so there is more of of it in your system. Hence SSRI and other meds.

 

It's the level and balance of certain brain chemicals that determine mood and cognitive acuity.

 

https://medium.com/azoth/why-some-people-are-more-successful-than-others-the-dopamine-connection-fd4c4b6ffa18

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Piney
50 minutes ago, Tuco's Gas said:

Neuro?

 

Neurons themselves and my pathways are skewed. My EEG was crazy. 

I'm always on "information overload". 

My sister can explain it better. She does all the talking with my doctors.

In a nutshell I have a chromosomal disorder with caused all kinds of funky and some bad things. The ADS was one of them.

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