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i did it!

6 May

I finished the very last assignment for my master’s degree 10 minutes ago.

I graduate on Saturday.

I did it!

Go me!

i have anxiety

2 Apr

So I have a job offer but my driving record might disqualify me because part of the job is driving people around.   I’m not sure because I can’t remember that far back to know what I was cited for when I had an accident.  It’ll be three years in a couple of months and then it will disappear for these purposes, but I don’t know if they would hire me now.  I need to talk to the HR person, but she’s out of the office until Monday.  I’m stressed out.

Thursday I was driving home when a belt and a pulley blew off of my car.  Some guy let me park it in his driveway overnight, then I was able to drive it to a service station the next day.  It’s in the shop.  I don’t know how much it’s going to cost.  I’m stressed out.

I have my 10-year high school reunion tonight.  Enough said.  I’m stressed out.

sometimes i get tired

13 Feb

of being different.

Sometimes it seems like it’s being pointed out a little too much.

Sometimes the word “special” makes me cringe.

no more asperger’s

11 Feb

I’m cured.

Just kidding.  A panel from the American Psychiatric Association decided that Asperger’s Syndrome will no longer be a separate classification from autism.  All autistic disorders will be included in the broad classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Of course, this is causing some controversy.  You can listen to NPR’s report here.

The proposed diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the new DSM-5 are as follows:

Must meet criteria 1, 2, and 3:

1.  Clinically significant, persistent deficits in social communication and interactions, as manifest by all of the following:

a.  Marked deficits in nonverbal and verbal communication used for social interaction:

b.  Lack of social reciprocity;

c.  Failure to develop and maintain peer relationships appropriate to developmental level

2.  Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least TWO of the following:

a.  Stereotyped motor or verbal behaviors, or unusual sensory behaviors

b.  Excessive adherence to routines and ritualized patterns of behavior

c.  Restricted, fixated interests

3.  Symptoms must be present in early childhood (but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities)

Some people have issues with this conglomeration because of the huge differences in behavior between someone with very mild autism, like me, and someone at the other end of the spectrum who can’t care for themselves.  Some  aspies don’t want to be called “autistic.”  The problem is that these definitions have always been hazy.  We’re not sure how to define autism.  Most likely, it’s a grouping of several neurological disorders that have some similar symptoms, but we won’t know until we’ve got better diagnostic tools.

The fact is, the reclassification will help some people get services that they didn’t previously qualify for.  It doesn’t take away the “aspie culture” that has been established; it wasn’t meant to force people to change how they identify themselves.  I, for one, will still call myself an aspie.

Must meet criteria 1, 2, and 3:

1.  Clinically significant, persistent deficits in social communication and interactions, as manifest by all of the following:

a.  Marked deficits in nonverbal and verbal communication used for social interaction:

b.  Lack of social reciprocity;

c.  Failure to develop and maintain peer relationships appropriate to developmental level

2.  Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least TWO of the following:

a.  Stereotyped motor or verbal behaviors, or unusual sensory behaviors

b.  Excessive adherence to routines and ritualized patterns of behavior

c.  Restricted, fixated interests

3.  Symptoms must be present in early childhood (but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities)

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