bulldg4life: Most of them were just your standard geek/nerd, but one or two were off the wall.
reillan: As someone who would have been diagnosed with Aspergers and who had to figure out how to participate in society anyway, I approve of the headline
dready zim: Nobody with a high IQ wants to be bunched up with the window lickers, happy rocking people and nappy wearing wheelchair cases. Its just insulting.
FirstNationalBastard: However, it's also the Kim Kardashian of psychiatric disorders... everyone has it, and it's all over the place, especially if you go on the internet looking for it.
filter: No- mental health pros actually READ and understand how the DSM works. If 5 of 7 symptoms need to be present....
torusXL: theedgeofoblivious: It's not a disease. It's a disorder.Huh? Do you have Derp Disorder or just Pedant Disorder?Labels are just labels until a verifiable base cause is discovered, and there could be one, multiple, or even countless causes for a disorder/disease/syndrome/etc. For example....with autism, one potential cause is Fragile X Syndrome, which is for sure a disease. Maybe not curable yet, but a disease nonetheless.You
PsiChick: fisker: Oh.Because the last school shooter was supposedly diagnosed with this disorder and apparently he didn't even have a Facebook account.He was all the other things you mentioned, too, so naturally I just put two and two together.By the way. I stand in front of my niece's school all day in a camouflage outfit protecting all the little guys from these types of people.Given the last sentence, this is important information for you: Aspergers was comorbid with whatever went wrong with the shooter. 'Comorbid', a term some people don't know, means a disorder existing in the same person, but pretty much unrelated. People with AS are very likely to be comorbid--I'm probably a steryotype with AS and bipolar, that's a common one--but AS itself is actually a highly antiviolent disorder.What AS feels like is that your empathy is flicked 'on', but everyone's wearing a mask. You hate hurting people. You hate lying. You want to help people everywhere because everyone is a friend you haven't met yet. There's a bit of slowness in your thought process, and a bit of trouble doing things, but most of it is that you really, really love everyone. So if you meet someone with obvious AS while you're guarding your neice's school (it isn't always), you need to expect that a) they will be very uncomfortable to talk to, especially since you're in a uniform, and they're either going to think you're the most amazing thing ever, be terrified of you, or both; b) If you get upset, so will they, so even if they're totally freaked out, keep your tone even and body language neutral; and c) they will probably try to talk your ear off about some random topic they find fascinating. Just be very calm and help them get back to wherever they were supposed to go./The media did not help in the slightest by harping on Asperger's without mentioning that it was a comorbid disorder, and actually it's a bit amazing he was able to pull the trigger at all given his disability.//But yeah, this is i ...
bump: No no no... EVERYTHING is a syndrome or condition and needs to be treated with Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Welbutrin, Geodon, Seroquel, Depakote, etc - and if those don't work, start at the top of the list only this time add Ambilify.
TheHappyCanadian: I go through the same thing when I have to tell my boss or new girlfriends about my disorder.me: "I have an innatentive form of ADHD, makes it hard to concentrate and though I'm on medication it only hides the symptoms"person1: "omg you mean like hyper and stuff? you're not hyper or anything, I think it's over-diagnosed and your parents didn't hit you enough"me: "no it's a non-hyper form of ADHD, In fact nowadays it has a separate diagnosis criteria"person1: "But the internet said it's fake?"me: "I also have OCD, depression, and Social Anxiety Disorder, all professionally diagnosed"person1: "LOL it must be awesome to have OCD, I feel like I have it too because I wash my hands a lot and can't stand things not in order"me:*facepalm*/ASDs are real, but everyone who proclaims to have one without getting a professional diagnosis and/or prescription can eat a bag of dicks
MarshWoman: I can understand why they wouldn't want to be lumped together. My son has a neurological disorder that has caused partial paralysis on his left side, occasional seizures, and some learning difficulties. Most people with this disorder are wheelchair-bound, have constant seizures, and are profoundly retarded. Guess who gets all the support groups, valuable information, etc.?Yes, I know my son is extremely lucky- all things considered. However, by lumping together an entire spectrum, he doesn't receive the benefits of research and support that more serious cases receive.
Jon iz teh kewl: there's probably a reason why no girls want to talk to me. but i'm betting it has more to do with the fact i smell like semen
czetie: bulldg4life: Most of them were just your standard geek/nerd, but one or two were off the wall....and that's why it's called a "spectrum disorder". By the way, is everybody on Fark aware that a great many mental health professionals think that DSM-5 is a crock of shiat? It medicalizes a lot of perfectly normal behavior (like grieving the death of somebody close) while discarding established, valid diagnoses like Asperger's.Pretty soon, the psychiatric profession is going to look even more stupid than it does now as its diagnoses increasingly get overtaken by real science, replacing the subjective nonsense and grand theories with the actual neurological, physical and chemical correlates of mental disorders. It's going to turn out that in a lot of cases, distinct diagnoses turn out to be different manifestations of a single underlying problem; while other common diagnoses turn out to be several different disorders that happen to have similar external manifestations.And in the future we're going to look back on the last half-century of psychiatric diagnosis and practice with the same disdain that many people regard the half-century before that.
ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Yeah, the APA really know what they're doing with this crap./Actually diagnosed formally.
RandomAxe: For christ's sake, people will still call it Asperger's. The farking psychiatric diagnostic manual doesn't control reality. You'd have to be crazy to think it does.
DrPainMD: I spent my childhood in gifted student programs. There were more than a few "oddballs" who probably had some form of Asperger's.
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