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Old 12-01-2004, 02:41 PM   #1
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anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

Hi. I'm 20yrs old. P Doc thinks I am strange or 'different' than most people. Is thinking of evaluating me for asperger's if I allow him to. Is it possible to not be dx with this until my age??? What are the signs of having asperger's?

My P Doc made this suggestion after we were talking about some things I do. Like, I like to spin around in circles and play with toys. I don't really care what anyone thinks of me and I don't like to go along with the crowd. I never catch on to social cues and have major trouble keeping friends cause people think I act weird. Also I never know what the 'style' is clothes wise, even though I have always had enough money to buy brand name stuff if I wanted to.... Im so confused.. please help!

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Old 12-02-2004, 06:39 AM   #2
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

Im sure you could have been "looked over" because the asperger or autism dx was not used or been studied like it is now. I have Aspergers, was a hyper and more aggressive child, and didnt do well the first years of school.(or really ever because I couldnt focus)I also fear social interactions and have some sensory issues, I have anxiety around lots of people, such as shopping, ect..the lights and the noise can cause me to feel excited, panicky or feel like im going to pass out. The dx doesnt change who you are, but may better you to understand why you do the things you do, so maybe you can address those issues and work on them to improve your life. Aspergers runs in my family and partially in my husbands
( in the males) Both of my parents experience meltdowns, obsessions and repetativeness and nobody ever dx'd them.My brothers and sisters are on one side of the spectrum(with the exception of my oldest brother who is more antisocial, than socially awkward,he's getting better)All of us are exceptionally well artists, spellers and readers. However,mathematics, socializations, impulsiveness,self control havent always been good on the list as others. (and I hate to admit that) Maybe the dx may help you get your life on more of a rountine and in order so you can keep a log or diary of it, to learn about yourself. It might even help you prepare for the future, as to what job you will take. Good Luck!

 
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:56 AM   #3
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

I was diagnosed at 25 - does that count as young?
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Old 12-02-2004, 07:48 AM   #4
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

Red, Im 26, so I hope it does!

 
Old 12-02-2004, 08:12 PM   #5
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

Yes that counts as young adult redhead lol. So how were you finally diagnosed?

Asperger family, I have anxiety around lots of people too. I have also always been VERY overly sensitive to lights as well as certain sounds. Do you know of any books or resources that describe aspergers in adults???

I should also mention I have a cousin with aspergers, pretty severe, (he was actually at one time dx w/full autism) but we are in many ways very alike.


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Old 12-03-2004, 09:12 AM   #6
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

Hi Indigo, thats very interesting. Im not sure about books, other than the one written by an autistic woman that my sons teacher gave me. I cant remember it right off the bat. Ill look for it so I can get the title and author. There are websites on adults with aspergers or autistic adults online. I think one of the most interesting things on autism is the spectrum of it. I scored 138 on an IQ test online(i dont know how relevent that is) and yet, I didnt do so well in school or with socialization. I like to read about other people and see how they cope or are doing...good to hear from you

 
Old 12-17-2004, 03:13 AM   #7
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Re: anyone dx aspergers as a teen or young adult???

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Yes that counts as young adult redhead lol. So how were you finally diagnosed?
I referred myself to a neurologist because I was having probs with concentration and spacing out at work. He dx'd ASD and referred me to a specialist who later diagnosed AS/HFA.

Check out Amazon for Asperger there's lots of books - I must say that the popular "Pretending to be Normal" is a bit unsuitable as a picture of how AS usually looks in adults as the author was very unusual for a person with AS, was gifted and generally had very high analytical abilities as far as the social stuff goes.

Gunilla Gerland's "A Real Person" is quite good but she was abused as a kid (same goes for Donna Williams) so there may be many bits that are not related to AS or Autism, and can confuse the reader.
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