I saw myself in the newspaper today...

@dawnald (84124)
Shingle Springs, California
November 3, 2009 10:46am CST
Well, I saw myself as a child anyway. There was an article about Asperger Syndrome and PDD and how there was talk of eliminating those two designations and calling all of them Autism spectrum disorder. Which I'm not qualified to judge, haven't formed an opinion about yet and isn't the topic of this discussion anyway. One of the things that was said about people with Asperger's is that from a very young age they can be socially and physically awkward, form very complex sentences at an early age and be reading the newspaper at age 5 or 6. Socially awkward - that's me to a T Physically awkward - hm, well I was running at 8 months, but I know I was (am?) clumsy Complex sentences - well my mom documented my first sentence at about 15 months Reading the newspaper - don't know about that, but I was reading at 4 years of age The reason this struck me is that I have never seen those last two things when reading about Asperger syndrome. Maybe it's because I've been reading more about Asperger's in adults who weren't diagnosed at a young age and about Asperger's and relationships. But anyway, those four things describe me pretty well, I think. Did you ever read something in the paper and say, "that's me"?
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Nov 09
No I have never done that, but reading what you wrote makes me wonder about myself, I spoke complex sentences early and read dby age 3.5 yrs. I've always felt socially and physically awkward. But I have never be told I had anything other then a high IQ. Blessings
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
I never have either. But I read a book earlier this year that was written by a man with Asperger's and there were so many things that sounded like me. I have never pursued a diagnosis, but I do think there is a likelihood that I have mild Asperger's or at least something that resembles it.
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@savypat (20248)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I guess it helps to give a name to it, my family just thinks I'm wierd.
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@Hatley (152064)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Nov 09
hi both of you I also fit those things and I was also told I had a high I.Q. at 83 I am still socially awkward. help.
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• Australia
3 Nov 09
I can't say I've ever read something in the newspaper that was "me" - but several times I have read discussions here and have been amazed at the similarities. I have come to think the old saying that there is nothing new in life might have some truth. It is surprising how many people here had childhoods with similarities to mine. I haven't come across anyone with a "Frank" in their lives. I'm convinced there couldn't be another one as evil as he, thankfully, but there are many comparisons with other abuses. I possibly also fit in with those points on Aspergers. I certainly had no help at home, so it wasn't due to home education that I was always waaaaaay ahead of the rest at school. I am very socially clumsy but I've always ascribed that to my early years of solitude. I've lived 73 years without knowing so I guess I have no need now. I'll just keep going the way I am.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
That's right, just keep going the way you are for a long, long time!
• Australia
3 Nov 09
Yes ma'am - and I'll stay 73 too - or start counting backwards!
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
Works for me!
@cynthiann (18572)
• Jamaica
3 Nov 09
No I don't think so. I have read a lot of things in a newspaper and wished that it was me though I have learnt over the years to be socially charming in any circle but on the inside I am nervous. This does not show though as I can be good at small talk and socialising. But this was learned behaviour not 'me'. I think that I ws always a klutz but this was because of my lack of self confidence and self esteem.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
I haven't learned that very well yet. Unless I'm comfortable with the person. Then I'm OK...
3 Nov 09
I have never read something in the newspaper and thought thats me, but since I suspected my son had autism, I have read up and researched it thoroughly and to this day I still think its me. I wouldn't say I was severe as my son but I have many autistic traits. I am extremely socially awkward. At school I was very forward for my age, but lacked the concentration levels to succeed. There are more, I could read at a very young age and I was also early at speaking. But I too am clumsy. The more I research the more I believe I am somewhere on the autistic spectrum. It is very possible as they say there are genetic links so maybe my son got his autism through me.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
Maybe so...
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
3 Nov 09
hm, they were discussing asperger syndrome today on the radio here where i live and here in canada, it seems that they are changing the wording of the diagnoses. but i have had a staged picture of myself in the paper (the centre were i worked had advanced polls and the paper wanted a pic) and everytime i read about frugal living i think i could give THEM some ideas! lol
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
I know somebody famous, hooray hooray!!!
@Hatley (152064)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Nov 09
hi dawnald what you described in your discussion rather relates to me as a kid, I was awkward as all get out, went roller skating and had scabs on my knees from falling. I walked early, talked early, and learned to read at age five.never went to kindergarten as they did not have such a thing in our small town.In grade school I always was tested as reading two grade levels ahead. I was skipped from the fifth grade to the seventh as I was always ahead of all my classmates. Also I have read a review of what they think Scorpio people are and everything they said about people born under the Scorpio sign fit me to a tee. It was interesting to read about myself there as though they had known me personally.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
Interesting, I was also tested as reading two years ahead of my age. I only got skipped half a year (LA Unified used to have a February schedule in addition to a September scheduled), but perhaps that was because I wasn't so strong in math.
@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
6 Nov 09
I am very socially awkward. I didn't start talking until I was nearly 3, but I started with sentences, actually with a whole story. I am fairly clumsy, heck, I can trip on a pattern in the carpet - and I don't mean a carpet with a pile. hummm, wonder if that's what's wrong with me?
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Nov 09
No no no, not wrong, just "wired differently". lol
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@ElicBxn (59911)
• United States
6 Nov 09
well, I've never been diagnosed with this syndrome, and now wonder if there is more going on besides what I already know
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Nov 09
Me too and with me I strongly suspect that there is.
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@hotsummer (10300)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
oh, i am not much familiar with this disease. any ways, there were times that i have seen myself in what i have been reading or watching on television. but i forgot what were those things that i saw myself into.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
Wake up and come back with examples!!! just kidding...
@hotsummer (10300)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
i do remember some. but some are kind of private and i don't know if i should share it or not. but when i kind of think or remember something that i am confident that can be shared here, i will get back to this topic and share it.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
I'm just teasing anyway!
@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
3 Nov 09
You saw yourself in the paper with the Asperger Syndrome. Correct me if I'm wrong, so you were able to read pretty early. I've never seen myself in the papers like in any way. Well, perhaps in a magazine because I saw a very awesome outfit; a handsome suit, I think and I'd say to myself, that's just me, I'll look so good in it. LOL........
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
I could read when I was 4. I guess that's young enough to qualify. so, are you going to go out and buy the suit? And send us all a picture?
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@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
4 Nov 09
I would... definitely, once I get a-hold of the suit..
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
@jaiho2009 (39082)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Hello dawnald, I guess,about astrology and horoscope,(i read it for curiosity,but doesn't believed about it that much)and,i am thinking to read articles regarding Asperger Syndrome and PDD.You made me think about this now.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
It's pretty interesting. Even if you don't recognize yourself, you might recognize the characteristics of somebody you know.
@jaiho2009 (39082)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
yup,just having a thought of it too. I was able to read at the very young age and write as early as 3 yrs old,and so with my daughter,she's a book reader addict.(physically awkward at her age)
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
4 Nov 09
Wow, no I haven't really to be honest But I have to say that is all amazing
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
Interesting, at least...
• United States
4 Nov 09
I don't remember reading anything in the newspaper and saying "That is me!", but I have read some books about certain things and related in the same way. If you think that you might have Asperger's Syndrome, then why don't you go to the doctor and find out? It might not lead to anything, but maybe it might help you to understand yourself better. It might not hurt to find out. On the other hand, if you don't think it matters one way or the other whether or not you have it, then I guess it would be pointless to find out.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
I'm still on the fence about whether or not to get a diagnosis.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
4 Nov 09
How interesting...I can’t say that I have ever read anything in a newspaper and thought about myself. I was socially awkward as a kid but I am not so sure about complex sentences or early reading...I doubt I have Asperger's...Don’t know if there is anything out there that would describe me!
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
Roses are red Violets are blue You are a mystery Something new
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@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
4 Nov 09
I often see my picture in our company's newspaper once in a while. And take note that our company is an international one, a really big one with members for more than 20 countries. I have collected all of it and my wife made a scrap book just to show visitors and friends coming to our home. Really makes you proud of what you have accomplished on your work. And a great morale booster, too.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
I used to love that too. I still have the newsletters from my last company. Not too many have my picture, but many of them have pictures of friends and people I remember.
@nicholaYa (121)
4 Nov 09
well.its no.. LOL. i got is funny...
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
maybe one day :-)
• China
4 Nov 09
Yes, dawnald, I experienced once, when I was a student in high school. Once day, our head teacher walked beside my seat and showed me the newspaper suddenly, I was confused at first. Then he pointed at the picture. It's my family photo, I with my parents. This newspaper is the offical newspaper in our city. So many people looked it, and called us to confirm it. And the reason was my father posted it for an activity hold by newspaper office. And he hadn't told my mother and I before. But how interesting, he is the last person to know the photo was published in our family.
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
That must have been lots of fun to see!
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
4 Nov 09
I was walking at a little over one years old. I could read at about two, as my grandma was always writing out words for me to read. I sometimes read the newspaper when I was younger, just not all the time. I read the Harry Potter books in first grade. But I know I'm not socially or physically awkward. Hmm...
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
Well now, maybe you're just very, very smart! :-)
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Hey dawn~ I know kind of how you feel. Not about Aspergers since I don't know a whole lot about that particular syndrome. But, I believe that when I was younger if there was a diagnosis for ADD that would have explained alot of the problems that I had myself when I was in school. I had trouble paying attention in class, especially to things that I didn't like as in Math, History, Geography. But when it came to English and Science I excelled! I would always be in trouble for talking too much, clowning around and I was otherwise shy and kept to myself! If there was such a diagnosis back then it might have explained the problems that I had. I hated school, kept to myself, was scared, but yet would be a "ham" in class! I think I probably needed Ritalin! But, it messed up my life because I didn't do well in school and didn't understand. I had serious problems at home and couldn't tell anyone because I didn't understand how to explain those problems anyway! So the problems followed me into my adult working life! And the story goes on! I have been diagnosed with "Severe Depressive Disorder". Not Bipolar, since I don't have the extreme "highs"! So I can understand what you mean to an extent because when I saw the "symptoms" I said the same thing, "that's me"!
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Nov 09
You just wonder what they could have done with a lot of things had they only known back then!
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
3 Nov 09
Only when I have read a horoscope......and it says exactly what has happened or discribes my life exactly! I don't really believe in them but it's fun to read them and see how close they get.....I didn't know you had Asperger Syndrome.....
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@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
Once in a while a horoscope fits me exactly. I remember the funny one I got, Capricorn, said something like this: You are conservative and afraid of taking risks. You don't do much of anything and are lazy. There has never been a Capricorn of any importance. Capricorns should avoid standing still too long as you may grow roots and turn into a tree. I don't know that I have Aspergers either, I just suspect that I do.
• China
3 Nov 09
It's amazing and nice.Anyway saw yourself on a newspaper can make you delight for several days,at least for me.I had appear on TV once,it's a tv program called "funny sunday".A nice memory,remind me to recall things happened those days.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Nov 09
ah, it wasn't really me, it was just a description that sounded like me. Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of fame!