What does Autism feel like..?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by autumnrain26, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. I have been told time and time again that I am rude or insensitive and although I don't always know when I am acting this way. After just now being, to me what felt like at least, being yelled at for apparently being rude for making a simple anecdote. I think it is time to tell everyone that I am autistic, although the form of autism that I was diagnosed with does technically no longer exist as all of the different ASM terms were combined simply into Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2013 with the DSM-5. I may seem short with people at times and its because of having problems processing things. Hence why I play Minecraft, as there is order and symmetry, although sometimes I crave chaos, which is why I can sometimes be found on a prison server that will remain unnamed. I found this video a long time ago, it was sent to me via the father of my daughter. It is a video of what autism can seem like, I sometimes watch it to remind of my everyday life, and I must caution anyone who has Autism Spectrum Disorder watching it as it can cause issues.

  2. That's really eye opening
  3. How do you mean?
  4. I sometimes have problems processing sounds and too much conflicting sound or too many things going on at once can cause me to shut down.. I am able to watch the video to some extent but usually only when I am in a quiet room with no other conflicting noises.

    EDIT: For example, I cannot listen to the original orchestration or game version of the Song of Storms from Ocarina of Time without becoming dizzy, confused and/or disoriented.. But I can listen to most covers of the song ironically.. :oops:
  5. Could you please put a link to the video for me? :3 Embedding often doesn't work for me.
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  7. That is... Weird really. You never realize how hard these things are until someone gives you a video like this.
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  8. I'm the same! I don't get that whole inability to process sounds, but I'm on the spectrum.
  9. Wow. That's a really good video. But then how does it feel like for other people who do not have any form of asd? I can't believe they would be able to just listen to her voice in real life.
  10. You has autism?
    :O
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    No seriously though, after watching the video twice, I realize how maddening it must be. I hope you are able to cope with it. (I hope I worded that right..)

    (btw, I am 99% sure you were talking about that thing on the livestream, and don't worry, I am pretty sure you weren't being rude in any way whatsoever)
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  11. I think it's pretty awesome that you posted that Autumn. :) It means so much more hearing from someone who lives it than watching some doctor talk about studying it. IMO.

    Weird. Maybe i'm on the spectrum then, because I don't like crowds, I don't like restaurants, I don't like anything busy. :) Yea, I hear every sound, i notice everything. And too much gives me migraines. lol Or maybe I just don't eat right and get enough sleep?

    One thing I've learned through general interest in human psychology is that around 50% of people have some level of Autism. Most of them so mild it's not noticeable. People simply consider such mild Autism as being 'poor social skills'. Even if it was diagnosed, there's really nothing that can be done about it, except to make the person aware, and tell them ways to deal with it. Which I think lots of people already learn as they grow up anyway.

    I work in customer service, and I have regular customers who are fairly high on the Autism scale. Functional, but only sometimes, and often require assistance to do things. I've learned what I need to do to communicate with them and keep them comfortable.

    Temple Grandin. There's a random name, look it up.
  12. Interesting that you bring up Temple Grandin as I was looking at a picture of her brain scan, using high-tech MRI. The image on the left is Temple's and the image on the right is someone without autism.
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  13. I'm on the spectrum, and stuffs, (quite deeply) probably a bit more than a lot of you guys (not too sure how I can explain it, but you should get what I mean)

    Anyway, it's not just that either, most of us are painfully awkward, rude or ununderstanding (like said above) and suckish at quite a few subjects in school (drama, english, art and stuffs) This makes life hell when in school, and I assume work too.
  14. Friends of my wife and I have a son with austim and he likes order too. Their son has learned a fews way to calm down, when he gets angry, from his karate lessons. Karate helps him bring order to body and mind. He loves to play Minecraft as well and he also likes to draw. Our friends have found that activity helps their son stay focused.

    It takes strength to tell others that you have a weakness, stay strong autumnrain. :)
  15. That video was an interesting evaluation to say the least. I have Autism as well; whether or not I have been diagnosed with it, I do not know. I do know, however, that multitasking can be difficult for me at times, depending on the tasks. For example, if I am attempting to write an essay in a boisterous crowd of 100 people, I could do it, but the end product wouldn't be nearly as good.

    I've been told that I've had this "disorder" for the entirety of my life, but that the symptoms have been substantially mitigated. Many many years ago, I was unable to process more than one voice at any given moment, even if they were reciting precisely the same words. One instance of this is on my fourth birthday. My parents had laid out a cake and everyone was preparing to sing Happy Birthday. As soon as the first syllable of "happy" was uttered, my mind became incredibly disoriented and I couldn't discern if they were singing Happy Birthday or Kryptonite. Thankfully, I have made enormous improvements over the last thirteen years. As I am writing this, I'm listening to Radioactive and can express my thoughts just as fluently as if the room were silent.

    I also had a speech impediment all those years ago. I couldn't pronounce the letter "r"; it came out as a "w" instead. I spoke very rapidly (and still do), and that coupled with my mispronunciation of "r" made it practically impossible to communicate with the four-year-old me.

    Autism isn't necessarily a bad thing, despite my description. Given the two images Autumn posted, it seems that people with autism have increased brain activity. I can't corroborate this, but I've noticed that I tend to analyze things in such a way that I try to find logic behind occurrences. If two and two don't equal four, then I embark on a quest to discover exactly why two and two don't equal four, internally trying to justify each step in the process. Because of autism, I can sit at my computer and write code for a solid six hours (the only reason I know this is because I checked the time when I was finished and compared it to my start time :p ). Because of autism, I can play the piano while simultaneously conversing with an associate. Because of autism, I am a well-rounded individual.

    Anyway, that's simply my perspective on autism. I fear I may have deviated slightly from the original topic, and if I have, I apologize.

    Thanks guys,
    -fireshadow52

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  16. Dat addendum.
    You say you're a fast speaker, what about your reading speed? I took this test and (probably because I'm autistic and hence have superpowers) I have a reading speed 50% faster than the general population. I suggest you go check it, I'm interested.
    EDIT: WOW, I just took the test again, and I'm not 50% faster, I'm 129% faster. Damn.
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  17. Apparently I read at a pace that is 96% faster than the national averageā€¦
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  18. Awesome!
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  19. Dat Volt doe :3
  20. Dat dat doe.
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