so I’m a little confused with my diagnosis. I though I was diagnosed with autism and aspergers, is this possible or is it just aspergers lol
I detest the term 'High Functioning Autism' too, but on other grounds. On the one hand, by association it makes you ask, "well, what about these 'low functioning' autistics?" There seems to be some sort of inherent value judgement in the term. And by that, there's almost a subtle hint (when Neurotypicals say it at least) that we should be grateful that we're "high functioning". Well, as long as I'm psycho-socially crippled in life to be miserable AND high functioning enough to be excruciatingly self-aware of it, well that's all fine then!
I suppose this is a good point to take a little poll, and ask the good folks what their preferred term is?...
While accepting that it is up to the individual to decide how they would like to be 'described' (for want of a better word), myself I think terms other than autism or autistic are just pussyfooting around the issue and terms made to make neurotypicals think the condition is not very serious and not worthy of help.
I have been 'corrected' by neurotypicals who seem to think that I am not Autistic and I should describe myself as having Aspergers (as if somehow that is a less 'severe' form) or that I should say I am 'on the autistic spectrum' which somehow means something less than being autistic. Or that I should say I 'have autism' as if I take it around with me like a pet dog and can leave it at home if I want to, or as if it is something that a couple of tablets or a good talking to will somehow eventually rid me of it.
Perhaps for the benefit of 'newer viewers' to this forum I should put the following link in:
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I have been asked if I am 'taking medication' for it, or told I cannot be autistic because I manage to get out of the house on my own, or that everyone has days that they feel like I do so I should just pull myself together.
There is a long way to go!