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This is a discussion on Females with Asperger's within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; My coworker has an MS in Counseling and her specialization used to be autism spectrum disorders. She's been casually mentioning ...

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    Females with Asperger's

    My coworker has an MS in Counseling and her specialization used to be autism spectrum disorders.

    She's been casually mentioning Asperger's to me lately, and today she asked me if I've ever been tested.

    She's not the first person to ask me that.

    So, naturally I have been reading everything I can find on Asperger's - specific to females.

    And...I can relate to almost everything I've read, but...I'm not sure how accurate all of it is. I've been talking to a good friend who is a psych nurse, and he also believes it is possible that I have Asperger's. It would explain a lot.

    Anyway, I'm wondering if any of the females here have been diagnosed with Asperger's (or just think you have it).

    And...thoughts on these articles?

    Aspienwomen: Adult Women with Asperger Syndrome. Moving towards a female profile of Asperger Syndrome | taniaannmarshall

    The Aspie Life: Adults/Women With Asperger's - The Good and Bad

    help4aspergers.com - List of Female Asperger traits

    I think I function okay, but I know I could do better (esp with regards to relationships and some work-related issues).
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    Well you are an NT, there is some intersection there, your friends could be wrong, do they know of MBTI. I've gotten the sperg comment as well. I've only met one female zerg, she seemed normal, but, she did not fit her gender well in that there was no femininity in her and had zero patience for her sex, was generally in the nerdy hobbies, physically and socially awkward, and above average intelligence. I never met you so i cant really compare her to you.


    :: Asperger Women's Association ::
    Also this ^

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    I didn't know the symptoms were different for females. I had almost ruled it out for myself because I hate routine/order and don't memorize bus schedules, but now I have to reconsider. Most of those really do fit me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by snail View Post
    I didn't know the symptoms were different for females. I had almost ruled it out for myself because I hate routine/order and don't memorize bus schedules, but now I have to reconsider. Most of those really do fit me.
    I searched for articles specific to females because I just knew there had to be differences.

    Did you read about female children with Asperger's? If so, can you relate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epherion View Post
    Well you are an NT, there is some intersection there, your friends could be wrong, do they know of MBTI. I've gotten the sperg comment as well. I've only met one female zerg, she seemed normal, but, she did not fit her gender well in that there was no femininity in her and had zero patience for her sex, was generally in the nerdy hobbies, physically and socially awkward, and above average intelligence. I never met you so i cant really compare her to you.


    :: Asperger Women's Association ::
    Also this ^
    My psych nurse friend does know about MBTI -and he's also an ENTP - and schizoid).

    The co-worker knows a bit, but hasn't really studied MBTI.

    I have a friend who did some testing on me a few years ago and he said I have "boy brain"...which may be why I've never had many female friends and can't relate to most women. Nerdy hobbies - yes. Awkward - yes, but I've worked hard on that and I do okay now (I'm also 43). Above average intelligence? IQ has been tested, and yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snakecharmer View Post
    I searched for articles specific to females because I just knew there had to be differences.

    Did you read about female children with Asperger's? If so, can you relate?
    Yes, and yes. Thank you for posting about this. It wouldn't have ever occurred to me that they would exclude the symptoms of girls/women from the vast majority of online information. I just assumed the symptoms would not be gender-dependent, and that if they were, that would be noted.



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    At University I did once meet a rarer 33 year old autistic woman - such an interesting personality: very intelligent, warm but reserved, with parental input decided it was best to wait until after High School to get officially diagnosed, attempted engineering in her 20's then educational psychology at 32, knew she wanted children in her early 20's, studied part time as a part time teachers aide (teaching assistant in a primary school), the type to need to study more to learn a subject, emotionally aware but not overly empathetic, very knowledgeable, a bad time keeper with imperfect organisation skills, dressed in gender neutral attire and very self aware as a thinker type.
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    I just realised that I have AS, which in ways have proved that I am not an INTJ after all (because INTJs' characteristics have a lot of similarities that may be mistaken for AS). One of the symptoms that gave it away was my over-sensitivity to external stimulus, social awkwardness and lack of emotional expression, even though I am still very much an emotionally-driven person.
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    Oh wow.
    Last edited by DiamondDays; 09-08-2013 at 11:02 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powerhouse View Post
    I just realised that I have AS, which in ways have proved that I am not an INTJ after all (because INTJs' characteristics have a lot of similarities that may be mistaken for AS). One of the symptoms that gave it away was my over-sensitivity to external stimulus, social awkwardness and lack of emotional expression, even though I am still very much an emotionally-driven person.
    In truth, so many [insert disorder or mental issue] traits are common enough that everything is a little bit 'non typical', yet so much of the media and society as a whole is centred towards 'the norm', perfection and moulded personalities built upon generalisability versus pre 1970's thinking of more noble character being valued most.

    Even I as a medically verified autistic relate to many of the female ASD traits 'less present' as a stronger feeling sensitive guy.
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