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Old 07-14-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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Could I have aspergers? :-s

Hi guys,
I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (+ some limited psychosis) & OCD - and I generally have anxiety issues too. That's the firm diagnosis.
As in most cases, there have been other things suggested including a personality disorder or Schizoaffective disorder before, but they aren't part of my current dx.

Was dxed with the bipolar (etc.) last year in 2009 after a huge breakdown in my life caused by my own actions in 2008. Before then I had no idea and hadn't ever seen a doctor about mental health issues. I'm 21.

ANYWAY.. back to the original point.. I've been weird all my life, always had ups and downs, problems in one shape or another. Now I've had a diagnosis of bp etc. all of that stuff in the past has been attributed to that.

I'm not so sure!

I was a young child in the early 90's, before things like Aspergers were widely known about. I'm in the United Kingdom if that has any relevance too. Some of my 'symptoms' as a child included absolute stinking tantrums/anger (which I still get), obsessive hand rubbing and body tensing, I did some strange and bizarre out of character things (I sent a fellow pupil a complicated written death-threat when I was 7), I used to love drawing ridiculously detailed pictures of drains and other strange things and technical diagrams and layouts of buildings (ie. a complex airport - accounting for everything and anything), planes, space-ships etc. at the age of 9 or 10 , was a loner, didn't understand people etc. Reading about ASD is like reading about myself.

Point I'm making is a lot of my symptoms were from a very young age, and were very anti-social yet strangely advanced. It's hard to explain.

If I had Aspergers, I think it could have been missed as education was poor about it then. I was statemented in school though because of shockingly bad handwriting (although my drawing was fine) so I had some limited extra support because of that and my behavior (which was often just seemed as difficult).

I'm scared I'm being given powerful drugs such as bipolar mood stabilisers in case that isn't what's wrong with me.

Has anyone had a re-diagnosis (changed to ASD from something else), or been diagnosed really late? (ie. 21)

My intellectual development as a child was (self confessedly) excellent.. in the sense that I could read/write before others, and my language was apparently much more developed. At 11 I had a reading age of 18+. I've heard that basically Aspergers is essentially autism without the lack of development in other areas, often couples with high levels of knowledge in niche subjects (for me, it would be satellite technology).

Not looking for a diagnosis on here - but just exploring the possibility, as I'm concerned.

 
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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My son was diagnosed when he was 31. Why not mention your thoughts to your psychiatrist? It certainly sounds like AS is a possibility.

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Old 08-13-2010, 09:59 PM   #3
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Re: Could I have aspergers? :-s

Greetings,


I was misdiagnosed as having BP after 'crashing'.

2 years later, I was diagnosed with Aspergers.

You're right to be careful around some of these medications they give for BP. That crap sent me to the hospital twice and a BP diagnosis is hard to get rid of. People just ignored me and figured I was manic.

I'm hypersensitive to everything and had some really bad reactions to medications.

If you suspect Aspergers, then deal with professionals that have experience with it...not just any psychiatrist. They love to push pills a bit too much.

Good luck.

 
Old 08-14-2010, 01:40 AM   #4
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I would also suggest allergy testing. Most people with Aspergers have allergies which can trigger all kinds of ailments, from anger, withdrawal, bloating, and crying spells, along with the normally expected congestion and hives.

 
Old 08-14-2010, 06:54 AM   #5
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Now isn't that interesting? I'm allergic to Cats, I suffer with Hayfever and my skin gets irritated easily. For all 3, I take antihistamines

 
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Now isn't that interesting? I'm allergic to Cats, I suffer with Hayfever and my skin gets irritated easily. For all 3, I take antihistamines
Yes, allergies are another issue. My ONLY option was to take shots which I did for one year straight, once a week. I took four shots a week for a bunch of allergies (seasonal and year round; the typical allergens plus oils and some foods) as I couldn't handle the antihistamines either. With or without them, I would be drowsy even with non-drowsy meds and when they worked, it still wasn't satisfactory.

 
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Starting about 1980 I took shots twice weekly. They told me at first that I could stop after 1 year. But then I had to go another year, and another. Finally, I was told that some people just don't start handling the allergies on their own and have to take shots all their lives. About 7-8 years ago, my allergies for some reason went ballistic, and the shots I had taken for many years quit helping, and my skin got so sensitive that it couldn't be touched, much less give me a shot. I quit the shots, and then my body almost shut down. When I finally went back to the doctor, and went into hysterics when he said I had to have the shots again, he said we could do drops now. They had to change my solution and make it about 3 times stronger, and I am supposed to take the drops 3 times daily. But doing it that often makes me hyper, even though it is nothing more than diluted amounts of the substances that I'm allergic to. So I take the drops once a day most times, and if I'm having flare-ups, twice daily, or even go to the 3 times daily, knowing I won't be able to sleep after a few days. One of the effects of my allergies is severe ADHD. Neither drops nor shots are perfect, but I'm so much better than without them.

My allergy doc here in Birmingham has a nephew with Aspergers, so he's very interested in researching any possible connections and learning all he can about Aspergers.

 
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Hi guys,
I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (+ some limited psychosis) & OCD - and I generally have anxiety issues too. That's the firm diagnosis.
As in most cases, there have been other things suggested including a personality disorder or Schizoaffective disorder before, but they aren't part of my current dx.

Was dxed with the bipolar (etc.) last year in 2009 after a huge breakdown in my life caused by my own actions in 2008. Before then I had no idea and hadn't ever seen a doctor about mental health issues. I'm 21.

ANYWAY.. back to the original point.. I've been weird all my life, always had ups and downs, problems in one shape or another. Now I've had a diagnosis of bp etc. all of that stuff in the past has been attributed to that.

I'm not so sure!

I was a young child in the early 90's, before things like Aspergers were widely known about. I'm in the United Kingdom if that has any relevance too. Some of my 'symptoms' as a child included absolute stinking tantrums/anger (which I still get), obsessive hand rubbing and body tensing, I did some strange and bizarre out of character things (I sent a fellow pupil a complicated written death-threat when I was 7), I used to love drawing ridiculously detailed pictures of drains and other strange things and technical diagrams and layouts of buildings (ie. a complex airport - accounting for everything and anything), planes, space-ships etc. at the age of 9 or 10 , was a loner, didn't understand people etc. Reading about ASD is like reading about myself.

Point I'm making is a lot of my symptoms were from a very young age, and were very anti-social yet strangely advanced. It's hard to explain.

If I had Aspergers, I think it could have been missed as education was poor about it then. I was statemented in school though because of shockingly bad handwriting (although my drawing was fine) so I had some limited extra support because of that and my behavior (which was often just seemed as difficult).

I'm scared I'm being given powerful drugs such as bipolar mood stabilisers in case that isn't what's wrong with me.

Has anyone had a re-diagnosis (changed to ASD from something else), or been diagnosed really late? (ie. 21)

My intellectual development as a child was (self confessedly) excellent.. in the sense that I could read/write before others, and my language was apparently much more developed. At 11 I had a reading age of 18+. I've heard that basically Aspergers is essentially autism without the lack of development in other areas, often couples with high levels of knowledge in niche subjects (for me, it would be satellite technology).

Not looking for a diagnosis on here - but just exploring the possibility, as I'm concerned.
I have been diagnosed 3 times since I turned 21. TThey had poor knowledge of things back then adn consequently I/we have to pay the price. Because now I am with division of developmental disabilities and they refuse to connect me with others who suffer from similar things. I have never had one friend or anything yet they care less. If I were under 18 they would shower me with attention and connections. But since we are 'adults' the system decides we should be mature enough to do thing son our own. When I am still basically 15 emotionally now in a 35 year old body. Does anyone care, uh uh. I am alone and have no positive outlook on anything getting better, just worse. My recent car accident and concussion took awya my hearing, taste and altered my brain to g oing back to all the depression and unhappiness I had in the past. And I can't even think straight, I will have panioc attacks just from being alone as I am all the time. I always regret growing up period and not ending it years ago. But if I had a choice, I would have grown up today becaiuse of all the support and knowledge of these disabilities and the desire for others to help 'children' with them'. Yet I am still a child in every respect but age but nobody could care less.

 
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Re: Could I have aspergers? :-s

socializing is so important.
That can cure many mental disorders.

 
Old 01-29-2011, 02:22 AM   #10
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Do a search for Paul Cooijmans and Asperger's. There's a 54 question assessment. It is very thorough and might help you if you take it and the results to your doc. I've read testimonials from a lot of people with Asperger's who were misdiagnosed as having BPD or Turret's and a bunch of other stuff before they got a proper diagnosis.

The good thing is that with another type of diagnosis (if it's correct) you can get medication and it may get better. With Asperger's, there is no pill to take. Behavioral therapy is what seems to work best from what I've read. Good luck.

 
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Organize the live can help.
Make things, that make happy. But more often as before.
Read the newspaper every day. You know new stories, you can tell them to friends.
Reading novels, your mind environment get new thaughts.
A jogging in the morning can refresh your mind, it's so efficient.
It doesn't solve everything, but that ease.
You have a hobby, you practice it more often as previously.
You dress yourself with style, you buy new modern stylish clothes.
When you go out, people talk with you, because your appearence is attractive, stylish.
Saturday night, or friday night, clubbing.

Then socialising, is an easy things now. You smile, you have new stories to tell, you know new funny places to go out.

Because you read so much newspapers and novels, you become very good at talking. Talkactive.
I m sure of that. And a work. Working, That's makes people so balance.

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