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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anxiety and aspergers

 Post subject: Re: anxiety and aspergers
Posted: 18 Jun 2022, 7:08 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 952

It's very rare that I get intensely anxious, but there's a lower-level nagging anxiety that follows me about wherever I go. It's usually fairly rational but I don't think most people are bugged by it like I am. It rather spoils my life because anxiety is obviously unpleasant and because it tends to ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: often make grammatical mistakes when speaking?

Posted: 17 Jun 2022, 9:53 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 302

Yes the spoken word isn't generally expected to be as grammatically correct as the written word. I make more mistakes when speaking, and my language is less tied to exact grammar, but I doubt I'm very different to NTs in that respect.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspie Confusion

 Post subject: Re: Aspie Confusion
Posted: 14 Jun 2022, 5:48 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 272

On some levels I'm satisfied with my life, on other levels I'm not. Some things are OK, other things are uncomfortable or regrettable. I can't see how it could be otherwise for anybody, except quantitatively, i.e. some are more satisfied than others with their lives. I think it's rare for it to be c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dealing with frustration without shutting down

Posted: 13 Jun 2022, 10:48 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 274

I tend to do a lot of planning to pre-empt frustration in the tasks I take on, and I'm always reluctant to do anything that I haven't thought out beforehand, anticipating the snags and figuring out some idea of what to do if they happen. I'm unlikely to bite off more than I think I can chew unless I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Drumming Treatment

 Post subject: Re: Drumming Treatment
Posted: 13 Jun 2022, 10:39 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 161

Yes I've seen research saying that music helps general academic performance in practically everybody. And drumming would seem an easy way to start, because you don't have to worry about pitch so much. I used to have a drum machine that got donated to a charity who used it to give some disabled kids ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Weaknesses or strengths?

Posted: 13 Jun 2022, 10:28 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 267

Whether or not the overall ASD brain wiring is a strength or a weakness depends on the task and the individual. I'm good at tasks that require meticulous care and attention to detail as long as the goal is clear and I can see how it might be possible to do the task. I also work best when time isn't ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Problem using ironic humor

Posted: 11 Jun 2022, 3:46 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 427

I suppose ironic humour may have some rules about what context it might be expected in. I suspect that irony is a fairly normal way of commenting just after a disappointing fact has become apparent, though not if it's a really grievous event.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The sensory side of things -replies welcomed

Posted: 10 Jun 2022, 9:07 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 260

Right, I suspect many of my "sensory issues" might not be significantly worse than those of the general population. I don't like hearing the neighbours through the walls, or those horrible bassy sound systems that some motorists inflict on everybody their cars are near. I would think most ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are autistic people "processing the wrong things"?

Posted: 07 Jun 2022, 11:53 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 561

I've noticed I have trouble prioritising things if I don't deliberately make an effort to look at the big picture. So I forget to consult my sense of priority and end up doing things regardless of what the best thing to do might be. But I rarely forget tasks that are worryingly important, they rattl...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Broad instead of narrow?

Posted: 06 Jun 2022, 12:44 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 387

I think by narrow they just mean focussed. This kind of description is perhaps typical: ASD is of course a spectrum disorder. Many of us have fairly broad interests, and some of us have a lot of very different interests, so I think any ster...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does ASD obsessiveness differ from non ASD obsessiveness?

Posted: 06 Jun 2022, 12:34 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 425

I get deeply absorbed in things, but I know somebody who has OCD and it seemed to me it was a very different thing. His obsessions were very loaded with anxiety - feverishly checking the car doors and windows to make sure they were safely locked, that sort of thing. My own obsessiveness is calmer th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Lack of spontaneity

 Post subject: Re: Lack of spontaneity
Posted: 05 Jun 2022, 10:57 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 956

Yes it's a problem here. Being a slow thinker I seem to need to carefully plan everything I do, which kills spontaneity, and spontaneity is said to be important, and I agree it is. But I'm capable of being fairly spontaneous when I'm with people, as long as I feel reasonably safe with them and it's ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Fear of f***ing things up- a question

Posted: 03 Jun 2022, 4:05 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 466

Yes. Most tasks are difficult for me. I tend to muddle through fairly well, but I live in constant fear of screwing up on something important. So I try to carefully plan everything I do. It's often hard for me to make a start, and I think part of the reason is my strange lack of faith in my own abil...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it common for some people with autism to hate praise?

Posted: 03 Jun 2022, 3:47 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 674

I have some trouble when people praise me. Partly it's not knowing what to say back, partly it's knowing that sometimes people are just trying to ingratiate themselves and aren't being sincere. I think a lot of the compliments I get about my music performances are fairly genuine though. People in th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Northern Daylight Variations

Posted: 02 Jun 2022, 12:12 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 201

I lived all my life in pretty much the centre of Britain, and lately have spent a lot of time in Arkansas. I didn't notice much of an effect from differences in the day lengths over the year. I prefer the long twilight that happens in England. It gives me more time to adjust to the fact that it's go...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone have a primary Or a navigator?

Posted: 02 Jun 2022, 6:02 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 498

No, it's in my nature to try and solve everything myself. When I can't, I do look for help from other people to fix the specific problem I'm stuck on, and there was a time when I'd latch onto whoever would respond to my plea, and I'd try to milk them for as much help as I could get from them, though...
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