Do all people who have autism have a special subject

Hi my Name is Naomi and I was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. I don’t think I have a specialised subject that I know all about I was just wondering if it was just me. Or did anyone else have this too 

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  • Hi, I agree with extraneous in that it’s different for women. From the research that I’ve done our obsessions seem to be more extreme versions of an interest that most women would have rather than the classic obsessions with trains etc. Women’s special interests tend to change topic too over the years rather than remaining static, I know personally, I tend to spend a few years on one thing then move into something else.   Also when I have a special interest I research it a lot, when I was a child I would talk about it a lot. Obsessions I had as a child included my pet gerbils! (Think I bored the guy next to me senseless talking about them constantly when I was 9); Gymnastics (I used to practice for hours every night); Take That (there was not a bit of my bedroom or bedroom furniture not covered in posters of them). A few examples of special interests I’ve had as an adult Include ancient Egypt and the pyramids at Giza (Graham Hancock is the author of a few good books about them); The brain and Neuropsychology (probably why I did GCSE, A-level and BSc Psychology); Medieval/Tudor history (this combines with another long term interest of mine, books, I have over 3 tall bookcases of them and more in the loft!); jewellery making (I still make jewellery but it’s a hobby now not an obsession) and my current one is researching Aspergers (that’s been going for a few years now c/o only just diagnosed at the end of last year). Oh and I’m very ashamed to say I’ve had fixations on guys since I was about 6!! Does any of this sound familiar to you?

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  • Hi, I agree with extraneous in that it’s different for women. From the research that I’ve done our obsessions seem to be more extreme versions of an interest that most women would have rather than the classic obsessions with trains etc. Women’s special interests tend to change topic too over the years rather than remaining static, I know personally, I tend to spend a few years on one thing then move into something else.   Also when I have a special interest I research it a lot, when I was a child I would talk about it a lot. Obsessions I had as a child included my pet gerbils! (Think I bored the guy next to me senseless talking about them constantly when I was 9); Gymnastics (I used to practice for hours every night); Take That (there was not a bit of my bedroom or bedroom furniture not covered in posters of them). A few examples of special interests I’ve had as an adult Include ancient Egypt and the pyramids at Giza (Graham Hancock is the author of a few good books about them); The brain and Neuropsychology (probably why I did GCSE, A-level and BSc Psychology); Medieval/Tudor history (this combines with another long term interest of mine, books, I have over 3 tall bookcases of them and more in the loft!); jewellery making (I still make jewellery but it’s a hobby now not an obsession) and my current one is researching Aspergers (that’s been going for a few years now c/o only just diagnosed at the end of last year). Oh and I’m very ashamed to say I’ve had fixations on guys since I was about 6!! Does any of this sound familiar to you?

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