ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by KaiTheHomoSapien » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 16:18

I scored 28, which according to the quiz, puts me in the ASD range. I have never been diagnosed but even my parents have suggested before that I might have it. If it was negatively affecting my life, then maybe I'd have a problem, but it isn't, so I'm not really interested in getting diagnosed.

For the most part I'm an introvert, and many of my responses to the questions can be explained as a result of introversion, and certainly not all introverts have ASD. But it's the questions about patterns and numbers and obsessions that make me feel like I might have it (conlanging is certainly part of it).

I was always able to wow the kids at school with the things I've memorized: the countries and their capitals, the counties of California and their seats, the US Presidents, the periodic table, the prime numbers from 2-997...I'm certain my mind is not "normal", there's no doubt about that.
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by k1234567890y » Mon 25 Jul 2016, 16:24

KaiTheHomoSapien wrote:I scored 28, which according to the quiz, puts me in the ASD range. I have never been diagnosed but even my parents have suggested before that I might have it. If it was negatively affecting my life, then maybe I'd have a problem, but it isn't, so I'm not really interested in getting diagnosed.

For the most part I'm an introvert, and many of my responses to the questions can be explained as a result of introversion, and certainly not all introverts have ASD. But it's the questions about patterns and numbers and obsessions that make me feel like I might have it (conlanging is certainly part of it).
maybe (:

I have a feeling that introverts on average score higher than extroverts on the test, even the introvert is not autistic...

btw, one can read the following link to know more about Autism Spectrum Disorder: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/a ... ndex.shtml
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by Khemehekis » Thu 04 Aug 2016, 15:14

A different test.

http://www.aspergia.de/index.php?cat=Tests&page=AS-Test

I could only find it in German, but I was able to understand all the questions with a little help from my German dictionary.

My results:
Dein Ergebnis ist: 94 Punkte

Du hast wahrscheinlich nicht das Asperger Syndrom.
Translation:

You probably don't have Asperger's syndrome.
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by kiwikami » Sun 14 Aug 2016, 02:51

39 on the test linked at the start.
From the test Khemehekis linked:
Dein Ergebnis ist: 122 Punkte
Du hast Persönlichkeitszüge, die typisch sind für Menschen mit dem Asperger Syndrom.

"You have personality traits that are typical of people with Asperger syndrome."

Not diagnosed with anything. These quizzes were interesting, though unreliable-seeming and rather amusing in their non-specificity and the frustration arising from trying to answer ridiculously subjective questions. Though, to be fair to the quiz-makers:
Difficulty in social situations, with reading body language and facial expressions, and with producing appropriate body language/facial expressions for a given situation? [tick] [tick] Obsessive interests that dominate most of my time and preclude me from other activities? [tick] [tick] [tick] . Sensory processing issues? [tick] Stereotyped or repetitive behaviors / motor movements? [tick] [tick] [tick] . Clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning? That's where I come up "eh". 'Cause I get by (meltdowns under pianos notwithstanding). I don't know if my problems or traits or tendencies or whatever you'd want to call them are "clinically significant", because for the most part, on most days, when not stressed, I do fine. So, kind of what KaiTheHomoSapien said.

Ack, I'm rambling, so everything's below a cut.
Spoiler:
I was raised without much in the way of regular social interaction except with my parents, which is what most of these things get chalked up to when one asks (1) my family or (2) my childhood therapist (who admittedly was terrible, but bygones are bygones). That and introversion. Nowadays, though, I've begun to suspect - upon actually interacting socially with people - that these things are not in fact the norm. But, hey. I'm an introvert, and a bunch can be chalked up to that, plus I'm reluctant to look into therapy (let alone diagnosis) due to (1) cost and (2) previous experiences with therapy combined with a deep dislike of being talked down to, which I've come to expect from strangers. So. Uh. Eh?

Also, I mean, my parents did at one point take me to a neurologist when I was little because they were concerned about certain tics (which I still have); nothing ever came of that, no more questions asked, no suspicions raised (though they didn't seem to find the toe-walking worrisome, when it seems like something they should have noticed - three sarcastic cheers for shortened Achilles' tendons, and yet I still do it). And I know neurologists are far from autism specialists, but I can't help but think someone would have said something in my childhood. A parent, a grandparent, an aunt, a therapist, someone. But nowadays, I don't know. It feels like everything could be attributable to stress and introversion - or, at least, I rationalize it as such: Now and then I have what feels almost like a panic attack because the lights in a room are red and that is, for some reason, terrible? That's fine, I didn't sleep much last night, I'm just tired. I cannot tell when people are disinterested in what I have to say, and I will talk and talk and talk without end until they tell me outright to stop? And then I will apologize, and five minutes later I will be talking about it again (a thing I am working on slowly)? That's fine, my people skills are rusty I'm still learning the rules of being a "good listener".

In the end, I'm not jumping to any conclusions until I do finally talk to a professional, because pretty much everything is attributable to bad habit-formation and not-super-great socialization. So? *shrug* I don't know for sure what I was like in childhood, and I'm not a medical professional. (Though I'm hoping to finally talk to someone about all of these things starting this semester. Nothing really beats an actual therapist in helping you to figure yourself out. So they say.) (Unless, of course, that professional's idea of treating anxiety is to attribute everything to grief when you aren't actually grieving at all, and then draw a smiley face on a piece of paper with "DON'T WORRY!!!" underneath it - very helpful, yes, thank you, I feel all better now. But hey, that was a bit of a fluke.)
But there, those were my test results, and then that was me rambling about those results. Ta-da. [xP]
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by k1234567890y » Sun 14 Aug 2016, 03:00

kiwikami wrote:39 on the test linked at the start.
From the test Khemehekis linked:
Dein Ergebnis ist: 122 Punkte
Du hast Persönlichkeitszüge, die typisch sind für Menschen mit dem Asperger Syndrom.

"You have personality traits that are typical of people with Asperger syndrome."

Not diagnosed with anything. These quizzes were interesting, though unreliable-seeming and rather amusing in their non-specificity and the frustration arising from trying to answer ridiculously subjective questions. Though, to be fair to the quiz-makers:
Difficulty in social situations, with reading body language and facial expressions, and with producing appropriate body language/facial expressions for a given situation? [tick] [tick] Obsessive interests that dominate most of my time and preclude me from other activities? [tick] [tick] [tick] . Sensory processing issues? [tick] Stereotyped or repetitive behaviors / motor movements? [tick] [tick] [tick] . Clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning? That's where I come up "eh". 'Cause I get by (meltdowns under pianos notwithstanding). I don't know if my problems or traits or tendencies or whatever you'd want to call them are "clinically significant", because for the most part, on most days, when not stressed, I do fine. So, kind of what KaiTheHomoSapien said.

Ack, I'm rambling, so everything's below a cut.
Spoiler:
I was raised without much in the way of regular social interaction except with my parents, which is what most of these things get chalked up to when one asks (1) my family or (2) my childhood therapist (who admittedly was terrible, but bygones are bygones). That and introversion. Nowadays, though, I've begun to suspect - upon actually interacting socially with people - that these things are not in fact the norm. But, hey. I'm an introvert, and a bunch can be chalked up to that, plus I'm reluctant to look into therapy (let alone diagnosis) due to (1) cost and (2) previous experiences with therapy combined with a deep dislike of being talked down to, which I've come to expect from strangers. So. Uh. Eh?

Also, I mean, my parents did at one point take me to a neurologist when I was little because they were concerned about certain tics (which I still have); nothing ever came of that, no more questions asked, no suspicions raised (though they didn't seem to find the toe-walking worrisome, when it seems like something they should have noticed - three sarcastic cheers for shortened Achilles' tendons, and yet I still do it). And I know neurologists are far from autism specialists, but I can't help but think someone would have said something in my childhood. A parent, a grandparent, an aunt, a therapist, someone. But nowadays, I don't know. It feels like everything could be attributable to stress and introversion - or, at least, I rationalize it as such: Now and then I have what feels almost like a panic attack because the lights in a room are red and that is, for some reason, terrible? That's fine, I didn't sleep much last night, I'm just tired. I cannot tell when people are disinterested in what I have to say, and I will talk and talk and talk without end until they tell me outright to stop? And then I will apologize, and five minutes later I will be talking about it again (a thing I am working on slowly)? That's fine, my people skills are rusty I'm still learning the rules of being a "good listener".

Eye contact is uncomfortable, whispering is painful, and I don't empathize well with people except when the emotion in question is embarrassment, which I almost never feel myself, but which in others (particularly in films) is enough to have me hiding under covers and screwing my eyes shut and clamping my hands over my ears until the scene is over (my dear parents tell really funny <--- sarcasm (which, incidentally, I am terrible at picking up in others) stories to this day of little me and that scene in The Emperor's New Groove when Kuzco is turned into a llama). And, I mean, there's the whole dermatillomania thing, which is... a big problem, but likely a separate one. In the end, I'm not jumping to any conclusions until I do finally talk to a professional, because pretty much everything is attributable to bad habit-formation, not-super-great socialization, and whatever that embarrassment-specific empathy thing is. So? *shrug*

I don't know for sure what I was like in childhood, and I'm not a medical professional. (Though I'm hoping to finally talk to someone about all of these things starting this semester. Nothing really beats an actual therapist in helping you to figure yourself out. So they say.) (Unless, of course, that professional's idea of treating anxiety is to attribute everything to grief when you aren't actually grieving at all, and then draw a smiley face on a piece of paper with "DON'T WORRY!!!" underneath it - very helpful, yes, thank you, I feel all better now. But hey, that was a bit of a fluke.)
But there, those were my test results, and then that was me rambling about those results. Ta-da. [xP]
maybe you can consider to go to a psychologist to get a diagnosis, knowing if you are autistic or not.
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by kiwikami » Sun 14 Aug 2016, 03:29

k1234567890y wrote:maybe you can consider to go to a psychologist to get a diagnosis, knowing if you are autistic or not.
I mean, maybe?
kiwikami wrote:I'm reluctant to look into therapy (let alone diagnosis) due to (1) cost and (2) previous experiences with therapy combined with a deep dislike of being talked down to, which I've come to expect from strangers.
kiwikami wrote:(Though I'm hoping to finally talk to someone about all of these things starting this semester. Nothing really beats an actual therapist in helping you to figure yourself out. So they say.)
kiwikami wrote:I don't know if my problems or traits or tendencies or whatever you'd want to call them are "clinically significant", because for the most part, on most days, when not stressed, I do fine. So, kind of what KaiTheHomoSapien said.
KaiTheHomoSapien wrote:If it was negatively affecting my life, then maybe I'd have a problem, but it isn't, so I'm not really interested in getting diagnosed.
*shrug* We'll see how the semester goes. My college offers free psychological services, but they're ridiculously understaffed; if I don't manage to see someone there, I'm probably not going to look for someone elsewhere. Cost is prohibitive, and anyway it's all probably not affecting my life enough for me to pursue anything official. (I say, as I sit here in a relatively low-stress environment with nothing remotely overwhelming happening around me at all.)
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by Fluffy8x » Sun 21 Jan 2018, 19:29

I got 29 out of 50.
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Re: ASD Over/Under Diagnosis

Post by Reyzadren » Mon 22 Jan 2018, 00:31

Your score was 5 out of a possible 50.

Scores in the 0-25 range indicate little or no Autistic traits.
5/50. Of course I don't have autism.
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