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Do you ever think you could be a bit autistic?

  • 01-02-2023 9:41pm
    Registered Users Posts: 338 ✭✭

    When I think back to my school days, always had problems sitting still and concentrating. Now I know I didn't have the brains to make it as an Doctor or Engineer, but I think if my focus had been better I could've maybe trained as an Accountant or done a Business Degree.

    I'm also always fidgeting and touching my face.

    Thing is I have no problems with talking to people, reading social cues or feeling empathy, which are supposed to be some of the main Autism traits



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,722 ✭✭✭Rows Grower

    I'd say you'd make a great mime artist, when life gives you lemons and all that.

  • Registered Users Posts: 338 ✭✭RossGeller

    You've lost me there, what is the reason I already have for being different?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,914 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    And then their reading of social cues negates that.....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 636 ✭✭✭gary550

    Crossed my mind at one point

    I've no interest in social situations for the most part, can be blunt at times, don't really show my feelings, not really overly personable

    Then I realised I'm probably just a bit of a unsocial pr*ck and have no cognitive disadvantage

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,902 ✭✭✭Jequ0n

    You were assessed already, and you were given a medical opinion.

    I also thought that I had recognised your name as having mentioned bpd before but I probably mixed you up here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 338 ✭✭RossGeller

    I was assessed for ADHD and told I don't have it. I was never assessed for Autism.

  • Site Banned Posts: 12,341 ✭✭✭✭Faugheen

    I often wonder the same, but with ADHD.

    I was assessed for autism when I was younger but I wasn't diagnosed. I was a very late developer. Didn't talk until I was about 2 etc. I had a very childish demeanour during a lot of my teenage years (as in, pre-teen) but as I reached Junior Cert I seemed to put it all together.

    I'm also quite fidgety, I need something in my hand all the time and I have a hard time relaxing.

    One of my New Years Resolutions is to arrange an assessment, just to put my mind at ease.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 257 ✭✭Feets

    I do...on a daily basis. A few little things ...but maybe we are all on a spectrum?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,206 ✭✭✭AyeGer

    I've often thought i may be somewhere on the spectrum, i don't seem to get people like others do. I love company but am most relaxed when on my own or people i know well. Big social gatherings have always filled me with anxiety. I am quite sensitive to noise and i can be a bit odd. I am a big man for order and doing lists etc. Punctual to a fault as I'm far more likely to be early than late. These are probably just personality traits rather than autism or asperger's.

    Having said that it hasn't really held me back in life and I've never went to anyone professionally to be assessed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 130 ✭✭NeutralHandle

    I'm certain I am since my son was diagnosed with it on account of things he has in common with me.

    I think there are misconceptions about empathy. There have been occasions when I felt physical pain in my chest while around someone in emotional pain, but I have been confused by the sensation until observing them crying or explaining how they were feeling. So, for me at least, it is not that I don't feel empathy, but that I might not recognise what it is or even be aware of what it relates to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,660 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

  • Registered Users Posts: 762 ✭✭✭Jafin

    Everything you wrote there is basically what I could write about myself. I think we're just standard introverts.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,949 ✭✭✭✭ELM327

    Yes, but I've been diagnosed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,413 ✭✭✭✭Cyrus

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,831 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I think I might have some issue going on. However I don't think there's much point worrying about it.

    If you ever watched The Inbetweeners. I'm very like Will.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,985 ✭✭✭✭Grayson

    Get assessed. There's a minimum 6 month waiting list at the moment whoever you go to. I failed the ADHD one. I was later diagnosed with Autism.

    Meanwhile try this out. It's a test developed by Borats cousin. Turns out he's a professor at Oxford (maybe cambridge)

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,660 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    Meanwhile try this out. It's a test developed by Borats cousin.

    I am 8 out of 50. High five! Great!

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭niallpatrick

    My wife was a special needs teacher and she's said I might have high functioning Asperger's but she only taught special needs she's not in the position to clarify it professionally. I hate unnecessary noise don't like change I'm socially awkward but given any task I execute it with clinical precision without deviation. I used to work on building sites and engineering shops floors detested other workers and prefer my own company. If somebody knocked over a pallet of bricks I had to re-stack them, diss-order really bugs me even if the boss said to have someone else do it.

    Honest as the day is long hate back tracking or doubling back and really short tempered with cold callers, thats my personal space and time you're trying to cross over so get lost. I can be crass ignorant but also the first to offer help. Reading back over everything I've written honestly I'd say I'm a product of the 6 counties, keep yourself to yourself trust no-one you don't know with a healthy dash of self preservation and paranoia. To this day if a car pulls over driver puts the window down they could be looking for directions or maybe not, I still stay back from the car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,193 ✭✭✭Eircom_Sucks

    labels on everything ffs

    when i was a kid if somebody was crazy ( what we said back then ) they were just a fcuking idiot plain and simple

    also wtf did peanut allergies come from ? i know they have always been around but i never knew anybody growing up who had an allergy to them

    my sons 12 now and out of his 26 classmates , 11 have an allergy , yes i sh1t you not

  • Registered Users Posts: 555 ✭✭✭laoisgem

    Exactly this, there's no such thing as "a bit autistic".

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    I remember specific years and months (sometimes in relation to trivial things) going back to an extremely early age. And I've some OCD tendencies about clutter, but I dunno if these are just standard things some people have, or characteristics of those low on the spectrum (it is said by people working in the area that everyone is somewhere on the spectrum).

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,724 ✭✭✭✭Tony EH

    Remembering dates is just something that's emblazoned itself onto your brain and that happens for a large number of reasons. I remember dates because I'm interested in history. So dates become "important", as it where, and there's nothing more trivial than remembering something you weren't even a part of 🤣 . Also tidying isn't OCD. It's just a good way of knowing where your shit is if you need to go back and get it later.

    None of that is autistic. It's just normal stuff.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Oh yeah but some people think it's totally bizarre that I (and others) are able to say that such a thing happened in March '97 or August 2001 etc.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,167 ✭✭✭monkeybutter

    i think he is saying he owns a label maker 😁

    Back in my day

    only about 1% of people have a peanut allergy, he doesn't even know anyone with it