I wasn't certain about posting this, but thought people might be interested - even if just for the Reply to it left at the end.
I dislike the language of 'impairments', and the distinction the author seems to be making between 'mentally healthy' patients and autistic ones.
Be interested in others' thoughts and opinions...
People with autism 'have stronger connections between brain cells, making it harder for them to switch off.'
Thanks for sharing Martian Tom
It is interesting in my perspective, too bad about that last sentence, but understandable from a non-autistic person :-)
It actually makes me think of how in university during lectures I'd have a question about something, and not always wanting to ask 10+ questions, bot asking it. And consequently getting stuck on that one issue I'd not have an answer to.
Or asking a question and getting an answer and wanting to know more and knowing you can't continue due to time and others losing interest. And then getting stuck on the 'branch of the tree' where you wanted to go.
Same goes for conversations. It is like the connection lingers, although they probably didn't mean that in this article
Yes, I understand that. I'll be watching a film too, for instance, and then have to replay something several times so that it properly sinks in before I can move on. Otherwise, I'll be thinking about it and lose the plot!
This thing about conversations, of course, is classic. I never know when it's my turn, and will often - as soon as I hear something I want to respond to - barge straight in with my pennyworth. I used to find my brother infuriating to have a conversation with because he would just 'go all around the houses to get to the town', as my nan used to say. And he'd keep pausing, which would make me think he'd finished. I'd then say something. He'd then come back with a loud 'As I was saying...' (i.e. before being rudely interrupted).
It’s ALL or nothing,,,,once the seed is planted it then needs to germinate, rise up and grow and branch off in so many directions, which one do I follow? Surely every branch has a reason to exist! It shouldn’t just be ignored , it may be the branch that holds the nest of chicks that gives the branch its one of many reasons to exist.
It has to exist for a purpose after all. WHY ?
Ditto tom,,, many many times,,,,once I do get talking I never know when to stop, probably when I notice the other person has fallen asleep or indeed walked away.
Exactly! Hahaha! I get stuck because I want to know every single leaf, nerve, detail because something the other person said triggered my interest and it needs to be examined.
Which often causes conversations to spin out of control.
Although that is also an issue, and a big one, I meant this:
I get stuck on something that I need to know more about (something triggers my interest and I NEED to examine), and that little thing keeps on jumping up and down like a pingpong ball. And it won't stop.
Another thing is music. As a younger man, and essentially throughout life, I used to be really infuriating with music. I'd keep stopping and rewinding a particular section - a guitar riff or drum solo - and play it over and over. Or I'd put a song on, play a bit of it, then put something else on, then something else - never getting the whole way through. I used to work in a shop that sold stereo equipment, and I'd pre-record tapes of my favourite music and just play them all day until someone else would say 'Haven't we heard this enough already?' I get stuck on particular bands or singers (or authors) and will listen to (or read) nothing else. I don't like getting used to new music or literary genres because I like to stay with what I know. It takes a long time to move on to something different.
Working with autistic people has made me recognise a lot of my own habits and routines. We have people who will simply play the same piece of music over and over for hours on end - and keep going back to favourite parts before the whole thing has finished. I'm very much like that, at a different level.
The music thing is so familiar to me - in the car I will replay one song on a CD over and over again for a few weeks before shifting into something else. I like certain sections of songs too. I knew someone who wore out several vinyl records of The Sound of Music - she had Down Syndrome but I now wonder if she was autistic too. Another man I worked with played a few lines of a Barclay James Harvest song over and over again: "we will survive beyond the grave and while we sleep we will be saved". I remember puzzling over what he was trying to communicate as he never explained his fascination for this lyric.
U2's 'With or Without You' and 'Where The Streets Have No Name' are two songs that get me that way. I play the opening of the latter and the final riff of the former repeatedly - sometimes without bothering with the rest of the song. Something about Edge's guitar playing just hooks into me. It's quite a distinctive style. Not really grandiose and flamboyant, but quite simple and chiming. Similarly with Peter Buck in REM (miss them!)
This is an interesting read - but surely our cognitive tendency to sych and hold on to things has positive benefits too? I was reading another research study this morning and got fed up with NT brains being described as 'healthy brains'. I think all research papers contrasting ASD/NT should be written from a neutral perspective avoiding language implying being autistic is inherently 'unhealthy'.