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12 March 2006 @ 02:42 am
Autism Spectrum Disorders

Social Symptoms

From the start, typically developing infants are social beings. Early in life, they gaze at people, turn toward voices, grasp a finger, and even smile.

In contrast, most children with ASD seem to have tremendous difficulty learning to engage in the give-and-take of everyday human interaction. Even in the first few months of life, many do not interact and they avoid eye contact. They seem indifferent to other people, and often seem to prefer being alone. They may resist attention or passively accept hugs and cuddling. Later, they seldom seek comfort or respond to parents' displays of anger or affection in a typical way. Research has suggested that although children with ASD are attached to their parents, their expression of this attachment is unusual and difficult to "read." To parents, it may seem as if their child is not attached at all. Parents who looked forward to the joys of cuddling, teaching, and playing with their child may feel crushed by this lack of the expected and typical attachment behavior.

Children with ASD also are slower in learning to interpret what others are thinking and feeling. Subtle social cues—whether a smile, a wink, or a grimace—may have little meaning. To a child who misses these cues, "Come here" always means the same thing, whether the speaker is smiling and extending her arms for a hug or frowning and planting her fists on her hips. Without the ability to interpret gestures and facial expressions, the social world may seem bewildering. To compound the problem, people with ASD have difficulty seeing things from another person's perspective. Most 5-year-olds understand that other people have different information, feelings, and goals than they have. A person with ASD may lack such understanding. This inability leaves them unable to predict or understand other people's actions.

Although not universal, it is common for people with ASD also to have difficulty regulating their emotions. This can take the form of "immature" behavior such as crying in class or verbal outbursts that seem inappropriate to those around them. The individual with ASD might also be disruptive and physically aggressive at times, making social relationships still more difficult. They have a tendency to "lose control," particularly when they're in a strange or overwhelming environment, or when angry and frustrated. They may at times break things, attack others, or hurt themselves. In their frustration, some bang their heads, pull their hair, or bite their arms.

Hm.. sounds alot like me. I wonder if I found a way to get past some of these difficulties as I got older though. I think I started to realize that, yes, other people do see things differently. If I did have ASD, it was likely a mild form of it though. It does say that ASD manifests in different people in different ways, so I suppose it could fit. It’s hard to find one all-encompassing disorder for me. *snicker* It seems I have bits and pieces of so many different ones. And mental disorders are so intertwined that it is hard to pin it down to just one thing. One thing leads to another thing, leads to another thing...

He seemed no different from the rest
Just a healthy, normal boy
His mama always did her best
And he was daddy’s pride and joy

He learned to walk and talk on time
But never cared much to be held
And steadily he would decline
Into his solitary shell

As a boy, he was considered somewhat odd
Kept to himself most of the time
He would daydream in and out of his own world
But in every other way, he was fine
Livakmisere on March 12th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Trust me on this.
It's not autism :)

I used to work with autistic children of various levels and the various levels isn't quite how you interpreted it.

No doubt that you just have Severe Borderline Depression or worse.

Even if you have a hard time interacting with others, you have far too much of a grasp on empathy in general, and a considerable grasp in logic to have autism.

So feel better about that at least.
Marianneresplendentposy on March 13th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
I've been curious about what different kinds of social disorders there are, apart from social anxiety. Maybe it's just extreme introversion. I've always been so self-focused, rather than focused on the outside world. And I've been wondering why it is so hard for me to open up to people, and why social things just don't come naturally to me.