Do GAD & Social Anxiety have links with Aspergers Syndrome?

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Hibee
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   Posted 2/11/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All
 
I was wanting to find out any info on wether GAD & Social Anxiety are symptoms of Aspergers syndrome?.   My brothers girlfriend is a teacher and I was chatting to her the other day and she pointed out that I do have some symptoms of Aspergers so I decided to do an on line self test and scored 33 which put me in the high prioroty ( the scale was 32-52 so just in that scale) I found this interesting as I also work with kids who have autisum and aspergers and have thought in the past that I could relate to some of the symptoms but not all of them.   Things i can relate to is the routine part of aspergers I have to run my life to a strict scedule or routine and if that gets disupted it really throws me I also struggle with interacting with people in a social basis especially picking up on soical cues and relationships but this could be down to social anxiety?.   In regards to empathy  I find that if i know the person i can empathise with them but if it was a stranger i tend to just blank them.  I have a meeting with my phyciatrist next Friday so think I will bring this up with him and see what he says if it turns out i do i think ot will be a very mild form of aspergers but could explain further were my anxiety/depression has started so would be interested to find out either way.
 
Ben

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   Posted 2/12/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Ben,

I have a granddaughter with Asperger's. Here are the sx:
Signs and symptoms of Asperger's syndrome include:

Engaging in one-sided, long-winded conversations, without noticing if the listener is listening or trying to change the subject
Displaying unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures
Showing an intense obsession with one or two specific, narrow subjects, such as baseball statistics, train schedules, weather or snakes
Appearing not to understand, empathize with or be sensitive to others' feelings
Having a hard time "reading" other people or understanding humor
Speaking in a voice that is monotonous, rigid or unusually fast
Moving clumsily, with poor coordination
Having an odd posture or a rigid gait
People with Asperger's Disorder can have severe social anxiety, although it is a different type of anxiety then Social Anxiety.

Individuals with Social Anxiety develop severe tension/anxiety as they try to participate in a relationship, wanting to create a relationship but having low social confidence. Individuals with Asperger’s have difficulty with the mechanisms of communication and relationships — having problems with social articulation, emotional expression, understanding verbal and nonverbal cues in conversation, etc.

I hope this helps you in some small way and please do discuss your concerns with your physician.

Take care,

Kitt

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   Posted 2/12/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt

Thanks for the info as i said I can relate to some of those symptoms but not all of them so will let you know the outcome.

Ben

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Ben,


I will be looking forward to hearing your update re this topic. I wish you all the best. Take care and remember we are always here for you.



Hugs



Kitt

Hibee
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   Posted 4/23/2010 3:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Sorry to take so long to reply to the last post, I have had a busy few months. I have just arrived back from a meeting with my psychiatrist to get the results of the Aspergers questionnaire which I filled in a while back and he said that it does look like I have Aspergers Syndrome (mild) and that if I want he will refer me to a specialist to look into this further. I think I have finally found the cause of my anxiety which is great news and I hope I can now go on and fully accept this and move on with my life, I am feeling very positive about things at the moment and feel the missing parts of the jig saw have been found. Aspergers is something you are born with and just means I have traits which are going to make different situations especially on the social side more difficult.

I would like to thank Lynn, Kitt, Nanners, Meg, Sam, Maz & Aries for all your advise and support

Take Care

Ben

stkitt
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   Posted 4/23/2010 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Ben,


I am glad you now have a dx you may be able to work with and do see the other physician as your Doctor suggested.



I have a granddaughter with Asperger's and she was diagnosised very young. She does quite well but does take medication.



So good to hear from you and remember to "stay in the moment".



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

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   Posted 4/23/2010 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
You take care n do keep us posted on whats going on kk
glad you came around
huggs
lyn

Hibee
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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Cheers guys for your reply's im feeling a lot more positive already and starting to look at things in a different way and feel I have a lot more understanding of myself and the way I do things.

Thanks again guys I will pop in every now and then, its a shame healingwell does not have an autism section take care all.

Ben
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