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Re: ADHD vs Aspergers

For starter's an Asperger's interest is a bit more than a long interest in one thing. It's seen as an obsession to non-autistics. To the autistic it is their very oxygen. If they are disrupted from it or not allowed to partake in it then you will have a very angry child/sibling/parent/significant other.
For example: yesterday I watched Stargate from 3pm to 11pm and didn't stop thinking about it until 10am today. I had to really restrain myself from buying any of the merch off Ebay too. And I keep getting get distressed about thew cancellation of SGA and SGU and become doubtful and then opitistic about the movies.

But I'm autistic and I've heard that some with AS have many interests and may only be able to focus on one at one time over a number of months and then get back into another interest when they, not really become bored with them, but get interested in a previous interest or a new one and put more focus on it.
I suppose I'm like that. I keep thinking about when I'll get another interest beside SG. I've been thinking about getting into astronomy or physics again but I'm not done with SG just yet.

The social awkwardness is about a lack of understanding social rules. And when they do understand them or become aware of them they don't know why people even bother with following them. Many don't know how to have a normal conversation and would take every opportunity to talk about their special interest.
Some are either oversenstivie or have a thick skin. I have to stop myself getting into arguments with them because some things they say can be really offensive without them realising. I pretty much watch all the words I say unless I mean to stir people up. Some really don't consider others feelings. Not all are like that. Some could be the exact opposite.

Also, there's the obvious thing like more classic autistic behaviour such as stimming, echolalia, lining things up/stacking, meltdowns, aversion to change and having poor motor skills. Actually I think those with AS have worse motor skills than classically autistic. Or so I've heard.

I also find that ADHD forums have much more sarcasm. On an AS forum the friendliest jibe can turn into a flame war.

Sure there are similarities between AS and ADHD but I think if you have more impairment in one of those disorders you are more likely to have that one. I'm lucky because I'm both impaired in inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and autistic symptoms. Lucky because I can tell the difference.
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