What is autism please

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In my case my social skills are fairly good, although I've noticed a few slight symptoms especially when I communicate with certain types of women I don't know, whether they notice it or not I really can't say. I also have a problem understanding how to perform tasks, because the wording doesn't always make sense to me, and it seems to make sense to others. I get confused with people's expressions and natural expressions, and I have to adjust myself to make sense of them. I also feel I can't make friends with certain people, especially peers, I have a particular and usually negative belief in what they thinking about me and how they are judging me, even though I might now know them at all. It's the same with my family too. I also like routine, especially going to bed at a particular time and waking up at a particular time. If I get up later than a particular time I tend to get upset about it. I often prefer my own company to the company of others too. I could go on..
Can anyone relate to any of that?
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I'm not sure but I think autism is a disorder that affects emotions and how they are expressed? I think it affects males more than females too? I hope you find the right information as I could be wrong.
 
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Hi,

I think autism is to do with a difficulty with social interaction and communication.

From what you have stated sounds like you could have autism, but I am no doctor.

I too have a problem with social interaction and communication however, I think mine is down to my schizophrenia and anxiety. However, who knows I could be slightly autistic.

I guess diagnosis is unimportant its the symptom's and how you deal/live with them that's what is important.

Take care...
 
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You sound very much like me. If you want to get tested and are in the UK the best way I found is going through a charity. Also don't read up about it online, just go in there with no expectations. My local charity allowed me to make a self referral because the mental health clinic I'm under kept blocking it even thought a Doctor thought I had it and wanted to make if official.

I was surprised I still had it because I'm better at talking to strangers now but have since found out the other people who go to one of my friend's house said they think I'm weird. I thought we got alone okay but never mind.
 
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You sound very much like me. If you want to get tested and are in the UK the best way I found is going through a charity. Also don't read up about it online, just go in there with no expectations. My local charity allowed me to make a self referral because the mental health clinic I'm under kept blocking it even thought a Doctor thought I had it and wanted to make if official.

I was surprised I still had it because I'm better at talking to strangers now but have since found out the other people who go to one of my friend's house said they think I'm weird. I thought we got alone okay but never mind.
I saw my psychiatrist recently, I think the difference between autism and paranoia is that autism is less treatable, people with it look pretty normal. I think my symptoms are very much part of me. For example, I have fixed and negative ideas around English woman and what they think of me and I simply can't stop believing it, it's just impossible. Even though I can see it might be false, I'm locked in.
 
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Hello doctorinternet2! That what you did mension does not sound that bad. And about the women, I got the same?, if the damn thing has even one characteristics which sweeps the knees off, stut-stut-stutter! Do you have minor problems to read emotions? I do a bit and through the life the emotion control and especially emotion/situation judgment has been faltering. And I do have the same that some certain level of routine is like sedative and it's part of that what the ADHD-therapist taught for me that for e.g. the home keys always and immediately to the SAME hook of the jacket stand at home that I will find them. What is your Autism-diagnose? Mine is ADHD and I think I do have some level of synaesthesia on too. Some worst moments practically everything is mixed like hear helical beats and bla, bla, bla.
 
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I relate to that a lot. That is exactly how I felt and what was going through my mind before I got diagnosed sometime last year. It is more common in girls on the spectrum to feel such things. In terms of your alleged inability to make friends, it may be due to age - people on the spectrum often find it easier to make friends and speak to people who are either older or younger than them. It may be more an anxiety thing, however girls with autism are very often misdiagnosed with anxiety and depression instead so you may very well be on the spectrum but before you start thinking for certain that you are definitely on the spectrum I would suggest reading the book 'Aspergirls' by Rudy Simone. That book is what made me feel I was definitely on the spectrum because I could relate to it so much. Furthermore, you may think that you are on the spectrum now but you can never really know until you know exactly what autism is. My mother always says that everyone in the world is just a little bit autistic because everyone can show little signs and symptoms of being on the spectrum without actually being 'on the spectrum', as they say.
 
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I relate to that a lot. That is exactly how I felt and what was going through my mind before I got diagnosed sometime last year. It is more common in girls on the spectrum to feel such things. In terms of your alleged inability to make friends, it may be due to age - people on the spectrum often find it easier to make friends and speak to people who are either older or younger than them. It may be more an anxiety thing, however girls with autism are very often misdiagnosed with anxiety and depression instead so you may very well be on the spectrum but before you start thinking for certain that you are definitely on the spectrum I would suggest reading the book 'Aspergirls' by Rudy Simone. That book is what made me feel I was definitely on the spectrum because I could relate to it so much. Furthermore, you may think that you are on the spectrum now but you can never really know until you know exactly what autism is. My mother always says that everyone in the world is just a little bit autistic because everyone can show little signs and symptoms of being on the spectrum without actually being 'on the spectrum', as they say.
Hello ASD and Tea, thank you for the new post! I haven't posted here for a long time as you can see! I now have an update on my condition, I have been diagnosed with autism by a psychiatrist recently, actually in February. As a result he has discharged me from his care and I am waiting for an appointment with the Neurodevelopmental service for an assessment. It's taken a long time to reach this stage. It's taking a very long time to get my appointment also. I moved to my new address 6 months ago and I have only seen a specialist once so far, a very poor service I think. I still suffer from recurring depression but I think I have a better insight into what might be causing it. I think it's a matter of 'the better the devil you know' with this autistic spectrum disorder.
 
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Hello doctorinternet2! That what you did mension does not sound that bad. And about the women, I got the same?, if the damn thing has even one characteristics which sweeps the knees off, stut-stut-stutter! Do you have minor problems to read emotions? I do a bit and through the life the emotion control and especially emotion/situation judgment has been faltering. And I do have the same that some certain level of routine is like sedative and it's part of that what the ADHD-therapist taught for me that for e.g. the home keys always and immediately to the SAME hook of the jacket stand at home that I will find them. What is your Autism-diagnose? Mine is ADHD and I think I do have some level of synaesthesia on too. Some worst moments practically everything is mixed like hear helical beats and bla, bla, bla.
Hello AntipsychoticRefuge E,- sorry I didn't reply, I haven't been here for a long time as you can see. Yes I do have problems reading emotions at times, and I have a lot of problems reading people's expressions, I tend to think their expressions are a reflection of their mood or their feelings towards me, I often have to look twice at someone who has natural expression to reassure myself that it's not an expression directed at me, it's very confusing to explain it. I haven't been accessed yet but I've recently been referred to the Nerodevelopmental services to be accessed, I will try to keep the board updated about it. I have been waiting since February for the appointment.
I also think the routine thing might be partly to do with the fact that I live alone, I think people who live alone do get into routines. I am very thorough when I do certain tasks though, I think that might be a form of escapism which might be to do with autism.
 
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Autism varies from person to person, but there are set criterias for a diagnosis. If the psychiatrist still deems you fall within the spectrum, but you do not fulfill a criteria or two, you could get diagnosed with atypical autism or PDD-NOS. I got that diagnosis since I have autistic "features" and characteristics of the diagnosis, but I'm not a "classic" autist by the book.
 
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