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Old 04-15-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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High functioning?

Today I was in an assessment with a counselor and she told me that the problems I've always associated with depression may actually be cause by me being "high functioning, which you are." When I left and googled the term I found it was a form of autism.

I'm 18, is it likely that I've gone all this time undiagnosed with autism or could she or I be mistaken?

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Old 09-27-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: High functioning?

Many times the use of HFA and LFA is used to describe autistic individuals.

Firstly, the level at which a person fucntions varies from task, environment and time in your life (as well as other factors). Although many health professionals use the term, I don't believe it's a clinical one.

Could you be autistic and not know? Sure.
Does being "High functioning" enable a person to feel depressed? Hell no. People rely too much on what they can perceive as a way of assessing another person's mood.

She probably meant that you have the capacity to know how you are feeling but to label that in itself as a high functioning ability is ridiculous.

What are some of the problems you've associated with depression in the past?

You should also ask that counselor/assessor if they are saying you are autistic.

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