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    1. I tried to email you, but you're a no-reply blogger. I think anything 32 or over is considered high. If you google it or go back to the site, you can find out. Mine was 42 on that test.

  1. I have been working with children with ASD for 8 years now. Yours was one of the most enlightening articles I've ever read. Thank you for your honesty.

    1. I write these type posts in the hope I can herd someone else in the right direction. I suffered and blamed myself for far too many years before I figured it out. Before that I was given a plethora of mental health diagnoses. Then once this was figured out, I was told I had none of them.

  2. Lily… your comment describes me to a T! I got a 39 on the test. I've known about Asperger's for awhile… due to several friends whose have children with it. I'm pretty sure a guy I dated for a few years had it too. Thanks Brenda, for giving us more information on it. 🙂

    1. Taking the test and then following up with a psychologist who did the official testing cleared up a lot of things for me about myself. I stopped hating myself, because I realized I wasn't a bad person. I was just different and thought and acted different. Before that, I was very hard on myself. And I allowed others to be hard on me and blamed myself for it.

  3. It's good that you finally have a definitive diagnosis! I would say that those symptoms apply to autism in general though not just to Asbergers. My son didn't fit any one category and has a mild case. I notice the difference in him compared to his older brother though. He's much more introverted and shy. He's a home body and doesn't have a large circle of friends. He does take things literally too. He is now in high school so this is a trying time for us since it's such an important social time for him. It's nice to know that there are people with this diagnosis that live independently and go on to get married and have children. That's encouraging.

    1. High school can be a very tough time. He probably won't "fall in with a bad crowd" though, because we don't tend to follow others. Peer pressure is not the same as it is with typical teenagers.

  4. That is interesting. According to that test I have Aspergers. I always thought I was just an introvert that preferred reading a book over most any social situation. I am very detail oriented. My daughter says I get lost in the details, which is true. I can be social when I have to be, but do not enjoy it at all as it causes me high anxiety. I really only enjoy spending time with my immediate family and my pets. I love my home and garden. I am most comfortable in the environment I create for myself. I can be very blunt, but have learned some tact over the years as I don't like to hurt people's feelings. I never really considered that I might have aspergers before, but I've always thought my father and grandfather had it for sure….

    1. I identify a lot with Lily. According to this test, I scored 30, which is borderline. Like Lily, I am an introvert. On top of it, I'm also a Highly Sensitive Person. So, when I was taking the tests, a lot of the statements reminded me of introverts and/or Highly Sensitive Persons. Maybe a lot of it overlaps. I also find the older I get, the more sensitive I have become to sound and light. I cannot stand when I walk into a store and music is playing (unless it's quiet, soothing music). If I'm with my husband I will ask, "Doesn't that music drive you crazy?" He always says he either doesn't notice it (which astounds me) or that he's able to tune it out. I can't do that. I've actually had to walk out of stores because of the music. Another time we were in a coffee shop and I was trying to read. I couldn't do so because I couldn't block out the conversations around me. Thanks for your post.

  5. Brenda, you have helped me to better understand Asperger's Syndrome. You are different- not less ♥♥

  6. I was thinking of you when I was reading the last series of books I just finished – 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster – it's all about a man who has Aspergers and OCD and how he functions in society. There are two books that come after the first, and they were so interesting I read all three in just a few days! You might want to look them up, I'm sure you would find them intriguing. Great post, Brenda – I love the quote about the fish!

  7. I didn't know you had Asperger's. Thanks for helping me understand it better. (And I love the Albert Einstein fish quote!)

  8. It is a touch thing to have and I know because I have some family members with AS. You are doing well and learning more about your condition. I like that you are sharing it and teaching others.

    1. I just hope it can reach someone who is struggling with what is wrong with them, and they will get a diagnosis so they can stopping beating themselves up about being different.

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