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Old 05-14-2018, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hi. I'm 16 and think I may be "high-func." autistic. I have always struggled with certain things other people didn't seem to struggle with. I have no friends (at all) because of these issues. Here are some of the things that make me feel I have aspergers:

* I can't eat jelly or slimy food textures, I'll involuntarily gag. Same goes with raw broccoli, raisins, and certain tastes

* I can NOT eat spicy food, and all mouth wash has to be alcohol-free. I have to get toothpaste that isn't strongly mint flavored, and I have trouble with Altoids and strong minty stuff

* I have a small amount of interests and hobbies, and I have a really hard time getting into new ones. Whenever someone asks me to watch a new TV show with them I have a very hard time saying yes because it's new and unfamiliar.

* I have major comfort zone issues. I have trouble trying new things and would much prefer doing the same old things I've always done. It took me a few years to finally try Minecraft but I loved it once I did; I just had to wait to get comfortable

* I have trouble with knowing how to socially interact. This is one of the main reasons I have no friends. I just get lost and confused and my mind goes blank. Other people can easily slide into a conversation with people they don't know well but for me it's so difficult and frustrating.

* My parents have frequently told me something I've said is rude or impolite. I will often get confused as to why and not understand. I just don't have a good gauge for that stuff. There are things that are obviously rude, like racist jokes etc, but there are so many little things that I don't understand

* I have trouble processing verbal intructions. Whenever I need to go to the bathroom at a restaurant my parents have to repeat the directions to the restroom mmultiple times.

* Other people just know how to have friends and be social, but it's not natural to me at all.

* My parents have noticed I have these social issues, and have even tried to search for a therapist to help me. They know I have social issues and issues making friends. I have even come crying to them. So I hope I can get them to get me an assesment to see if I could be autistic.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:34 AM   #2
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Have you tried the standard online tests yet?

https://psychology-tools.com/autism-spectrum-quotient/

https://psychology-tools.com/empathy-quotient/

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/ei_quiz
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A psychologist I once talked to said I had autistic traits and that if I wanted a psychiatrist could diagnose me.

I love broccoli and spicy food.

I used to stay sober, which would be extraordinarily hard for normal people as people pressure you as they feel pressured and you not feeling pressured makes them insecure, but now I drink alcohol.

I had no friends for 11 years or so. But now I have some people I can call friends. I like finding new hobbies and try to obsess over them.

I learned to small talk, kind of. It used to take a lot of energy. Now I am at the point where I can get energy back from small talk.

My parents are near 60. But I still have to reprimand them when they are acting rude.
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I got 15/80 for empathy (which they said is common for aspergers), #8/50 for my autism quotient (significantly indicative of autism/aspergers), and 10/20 for my emotional intelligence. I think it sounds like it. Now I'm gonna have to go to a professional for a real diagnosis.
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I hope you will get some answers
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I think it sounds like you could be on the spectrum.
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