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Joe90
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06 Jul 2022, 7:46 am

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The closest disorder in terms of stigma to autism is Downs syndrome. Autism is universally seen as being a child's disorder or a disorder that severely effects intelligence.


These days the stigma to autism is psychopathy, and I'm more scared of psychopaths than I am of those with learning difficulties so feeling like I'm tarred with the same brush as psychopaths is very unsettling for me. Even other Aspies sometimes compare autism to psychopathy, and it makes me not only hate my ASD but also doubt my ASD.


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06 Jul 2022, 11:52 am

I honestly don’t believe that people associate autism with psychopathy often.



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06 Jul 2022, 2:09 pm

I was diagnosed two years ago, at age 60.

Other than those who treat me and others who are part of the autistic community, here are all the people in the world who know I am autistic:

My wife
My ex-wife
My two daughters, three step-daughters and two daughters in law
One (1) of my five brothers

Not my parents (aged 88 and 83), not my other four brothers and all of their families -- I only told my oldest younger brother because I thought someone in the family should know and he'd keep it to himself -- nobody at work, no friends, no church members.

You only have to innocently or naively tell one person who happens to be the wrong person to tell and it can blow up on you.

I am lucky. I don't need support so much as understanding.



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07 Jul 2022, 4:08 am

Joe90 wrote:
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The closest disorder in terms of stigma to autism is Downs syndrome. Autism is universally seen as being a child's disorder or a disorder that severely effects intelligence.


These days the stigma to autism is psychopathy, and I'm more scared of psychopaths than I am of those with learning difficulties so feeling like I'm tarred with the same brush as psychopaths is very unsettling for me. Even other Aspies sometimes compare autism to psychopathy, and it makes me not only hate my ASD but also doubt my ASD.


I always considered psychopaths to be charming, manipulative, easily able to infiltrate social groups and deeply invested how others perceive them.

Almost the complete opposite of autism. I think it's considered by mental health professionals to be a very distinct disorder far removed from autism too.



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05 Aug 2022, 10:57 am

That is saddening. I would expect that people whom you know would recognise that you are the same person and that nothing has in fact changed? Sorry to hear. It is good that your family is completely accepting of your diagnosis, however.



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09 Aug 2022, 2:27 pm

Real friends don't turn against you for petty reasons like that. I'm very impressed with your family, though.


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