Sunday, August 21, 2016

Communication is Key

I'm being tested for Autism. I've talked about this before, and have shared a list of my research (which I've gone over with my therapist). I just haven't brought it up because the testing had to be rescheduled so there's nothing new to talk about. If this were pre DSM-5 I'd technically be being tested for Asperger's. I'm not one to self diagnose, but both my therapist and a former friend with the disorder agree a lot of my behaviors and the information I provided align with the criteria for the disorder. I also learned that's actually not uncommon for people with BPD to also have Asperger's. Since it's not that uncommon for the disorder to go undetected in girls (or be misdiagnosed), it wouldn't be a surprise that it flew under the radar with me. Especially back in the 90's.

In this post, I want to specifically talk about communication. I believe these may or may not be communication quirks of people with Asperger's. This is based on what I've read, talked to my therapist about, and talked to other people with Asperger's about. There are also some in there that I've added that I am not sure about, but wonder. I'm going to be blunt as to give all information and details.

  • I have a difficult time in conversations if the topic is not about something I like or am interested in. I greatly enjoy talking about topics of my liking, but struggle to converse with people about things they like.
  • I hate small talk. Whenever I am engaged in a conversation that exists mostly of small talk, I am doing everything I can to think of a way to escape. Often I leave very abruptly.
  • I can be and take things very literal at times
  • I can be very long winded.
  • I hate eye contact.
  • Difficulty communicating thoughts in words, especially if anxious, stressed or upset. Often can type or write thoughts much better
  • I talk too loudly or too softly in conversations.
  • Not communication exactly, but in social situations my nervous system gets overwhelmed easily and that leads to withdrawal.
  • I am the queen of non-sequiturs. I just have a really difficult time carrying on a conversation that is not about something I like.
I guess we'll see what the tests say on Sept 14th


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