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February 19, 2007, 02:31:13 PM - ORIGINAL POST -

Not very surprised at these results.

Your Aspie score: 129 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 66 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie
Read March 15, 2007, 11:41:54 PM #51

uw Researchers Pinpoint (think they found an) Autism Gene.  (as article states)  Tongue
Read April 02, 2007, 12:09:03 AM #52

Just for the record, I'm actually diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

I went through a deep depression throughout much of my childhood, particularly because both everyone misunderstood me and I even misunderstood myself. As kids my own age kept bullying me each and every day, it made me ultra-sensitive to seemingly everything in the school environment. I would go home many days with my arms or legs or face bleeding and take salt baths and cry to myself in them. My mother got very concerned and hugged me gently crying so many days worried and wondering what was wrong with me and what the remedy can be.

It wasn't until I was about 12 years old that upon a trip to a psychiatrist, the doctor discovered that I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, also known as Autistic Psychopathy.

For those of you unfamiliar with the condition (It has only been recently identified to professionals and parents and was added to the DSM IV in 1994) it is a neurobiological disorder first discovered by a German doctor named Hans Asperger in 1944, when he wrote a thesis discussing people with idiosyncratic behavior, one year after Leo Kanner completed his paper on autism. He identified that patients had lucid speech before age 4 (that wasn't my case) grammar and vocabulary are usually above average, speech is sometimes flat, and conversations always revolve around oneself.

In addition, the following things also are usually found in children and adults diagnosed with AS:

* Obsessed with complex topics
* IQs are average or above average
* Dyslexia is common in patients
* Writing problems
* Mathematics problems
* Lack common sense
* Concrete thinking (versus abstract)
* Movements are clumsy and awkward
* Odd forms of self-stimulatory behavior
* Sensory problems much stronger than those with autism
* Socially aware but struggles to make appropriate interaction
* Often also diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Hyperactivity Disorder.
* Have difficulties with change
* Ultra-sensitive to sounds, sights, and tastes
* Children may sound like "little professors"
* Prefer routine
* Excellent memory
* Obsessed with spinning objects
* Hyperlexia is commonly demonstrated
* Susceptible to teasing and bullying

Not all of these traits match my personality, but sadly, many autistic and AS patients have cases so severe, they fail to be able to open up at all to the world and lose all their confidence, thus leaving them isolated forever. Every time I know this truth, I cry to God, thanking Him so much for giving me the ability to communicate and live like everyone else and I ask Him to please watch over all His children who have severe cases and please understand them and let them be hugged and embraced by His gentleness. Sometimes I feel I am an entire new breed of AS that science has yet to pinpoint, that loves to think abstract and wants to live by adventure rather than routine, etc.

Though I still am not the best socializer, I am improving every year, and this is exactly why I am the great optimist I am now, why I see so much sunshine and wonder in life now. Because after all I've been through, all the confusion and despair in my childhood, all the coping with Asperger's Syndrome and the emotional abuse and loneliness I dealt with...the love of my parents and others who embraced my differences with open, loving arms wide open taught me how special I am, and the more I've learned of this still-mysterious condition, I see how lucky I am in that I have been blessed with the gift of communication, and despite too many tragic stories of those diagnosed with this and cannot speak or communicate who my heart continues to weep for warmth and comfort to bless their gentle heats, I can speak, I can communicate, and the thought always brings stinging tears of warmth to my eyes. Smiley This is the biggest reason I always have now a positive outlook in life, for if I was able to get through my sad past, I believe I can prevail through any storm, and am, optimistic our better days have yet to come! Smiley

That's also why I believe Dance Dance Revolution is a most beneficial and meaningful game to me; not only does it build self-esteem and helps those who lack exercise burn calories, it develops motor skills as well, and as a child I had poorly developed motor skills. So it's truly a great game for that as well. Smiley

Noah Eaton
(Mistletoe Angel)
(Emmanuel Endorphin)
Read April 02, 2007, 12:39:05 AM #53

It's interesting, because some of the things you mentioned were part of my diagnosis, but some of the other factors of my diagnosis were exact opposites of symptoms you described.  Specifically, I'm obsessed with English in all its forms and Mathematics.  I don't like them and they don't interest me, but I do them obsessively and constantly.  If I have numbers, I calculate; if I'm reading a book and see an error, I'll look around me, and if there's a red pen handy, I'll correct the error.
Read April 03, 2007, 12:02:41 AM #54

You sure it's not lunacy. Shocked
Happy Redneck
Read July 27, 2007, 04:32:40 PM #55

Retake the quiz everyone. It's updated. Here's my results:

Your Aspie score: 79 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 144 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

I'm going to retake it again soon because I did it pretty quickly
Read July 27, 2007, 06:22:16 PM #56

Updated score:

Your Aspie score: 145 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 65 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

EDIT: I was just going over the thread again and noticed this:

Quote from: "tada"
One thing that still bugs me: Why the hell do they switch X and O?  X, which is associated with "incorrect" or "wrong" is now confirmation or "correct"?  WTF?

The answer's pretty simple actually, X is in a MUCH more comfortable spot (at least for me, I think SNES games tended to use that spot for confirm, so it's muscle memory at that point) so the most common functions (confirm, talk, shoot, etc) are assigned to it.  It's the same reason that the Gamecube controller has that huge-ass A button (which is why I love those little controllers), SSX Tricky/3 are dramatically more intuitive when there's a button you can't miss controlling jumping and less accessible buttons for things like location reset.  Games that use O as confirm and don't allow you to remap (FFTactics) take me forever to play because my muscle memory says "low button (default position) is confirm, moving means something's wrong" and even when I'm used to the weird scheme, I can readjust to a 'normal' game almost instantly.  Plus, on a higher level, those are standard Japanese symbols, whereas in the US we use check/X for right/wrong or simply X for correct and blank for wrong (and a circle is a fairly blank symbol if you ask me).

...I think the fact I just wrote that constitutes a diagnosis...  :lol:
Read July 27, 2007, 11:10:39 PM #57

Quote from: "discovolante"
Your Aspie score: 85 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 130 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

At once surprised and not surprised.

Your Aspie score: 74 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 162 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

Read July 28, 2007, 12:26:50 AM #58

Quote from: "DancingTofu"
Your Aspie score: 109 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 128 of 200
You are both Aspie and neurotypical
Your Aspie score: 150 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 77 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

It takes an aspie to retake an aspie test.
Happy Redneck
Read July 28, 2007, 02:52:20 PM #59

Your Aspie score: 63 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 154 of 200
You are very likely neurotypical

Read July 28, 2007, 11:32:36 PM #60

Your Aspie score: 163 of 200
Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 44 of 200
You are very likely an Aspie

Yipes.  I've become more Aspie-ish.
Read July 29, 2007, 01:44:39 AM #61

Read July 30, 2007, 01:32:58 AM #62

Quote from: "zeppy_gorrila"
FUN TIMES MAN! Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked
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