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erigris
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03 Jul 2020, 1:49 pm

I got tested on the 24th for autism and am awaiting my results. On the self questionaire, I think a lot of the questions they asked could also have to do with my shyness. How do they determine if it is shyness or autism?



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03 Jul 2020, 2:04 pm

No idea. I am waiting for an assessment..

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I would imagine that shyness is linked. I was incredibly shy until I reached my mid 20's I guess. Unusual for a male. :)


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03 Jul 2020, 3:04 pm

Autism is way more extensive than shyness and is qualitatively different than shyness. Differentiating between them should not be difficult in the context of an evaluation. Whoever evaluated you should consider all the evidence gathered during the evaluation, not just that questionnaire.

Shyness does not manifest as repetitive and/or restricted behavior, social/communication "deficits," or sensory sensitivities, and mere shyness is not extensive enough to disable a person. These are traits people look for when evaluating someone for autism.



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03 Jul 2020, 4:17 pm

I took the WAIS-IV I think. My psychiatrist gave me Aspergers as a differential diagnosis when I had some other mental health issues going on. I don't think I did well on the blocks, number sequencing, and patterns part.

Some of the questions on the Autism questionnaire were things like, "You prefer working by yourself than with others."

Which, to me, could mean most anything.



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03 Jul 2020, 5:52 pm

Good question! Here is the best answer I could find in a google search. From Can you tell the difference between autism and shyness?

People with autism can generally have a lack of understanding of the social constructs and rules of socialising, whereas people with social anxiety have a full understanding and are overanalytical of these social constructs and rules.

The repetitive and/or restricted behaviors are often quite subtle in high functioning females. This article discusses that: Autism characteristics differ by gender, studies find

Sensory processing issues are present in ASD 90% of the time.


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