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Slightly. I was diagnosed as being on the spectrum in college.

It's something that my parents long suspected about me and even I began to think it might explain some aspects of my behavior that went beyond simply "quirks". I was told that I have "mild Aspberger's" and it seems to account for some of my difficulties with social interaction, my obsessive and compulsive behavior, and the more difficult aspects of my personality. When I found it out, I didn't feel negatively or positively about it. I probably would've been fine going through life without knowing, but there is something satisfying about being able to put a name to something that has always seemed "off" about you. It isn't something I take medication for or seek therapy for. It's provided clarity toward understanding myself is all. It's not an excuse, but knowing this may help others understand me a bit better too.
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Wales · M
Thanks for sharing, Lane.
CULTure · 31-35, F
I can get about having a name because it gives you reason to understand yourself better. At the same time it's important not to identify with it but I feel the same about depression (not that it's the same as Aspbergers, just generally) and other things too. It doesn't define "who" you are ☺️
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[@394395,CULTure] I agree. It is part of who I am, but only a part. It's not my identity.
Grateful4you · 61-69, M
You have composed a very insightful, valuable post here. Psych. was one of my courses of study at University. Almost everyone, NO, EVERYONE I have gotten to know well has at some point dealt with some mental illness.

Most of the greatest writers, scientist, artist in the world have struggled with some kind of mental illness. Yes, a label can be comforting but also can cause us to fall into the the trap of self fulfilling prophesy, like medical doctors being familiar with symptoms often fall into the trap of thinking they must be subject to the same symptoms.

In my personally life, the folks I am most attracted to our the most "Off-centers" personality types, eccentrics, free thinkers etc.

My own course for mental health these day's is to simply embrace my OCD, anxieties, etc.and refer to them as my "false beliefs"

I maintain healthy mental stasis by seeking to make others happy. HAPPINESS is the key to intact mental health. I also apply my own "Golden Rule" by NEVER IMPOSING MY WILL UPON THE WILL OF ANOTHER WITHOUTw THEIR FULL CONSENT/KNOWLEDGE AND INFORMED CONSENT.

Thanks again for this contribution. Happy Holidays Bud.
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[@881002,Grateful4you] Thank you :) I too have to embrace these things.

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