Thursday, June 30, 2022

Further thoughts on ASD

I recently asked if I have Asperger's and whether it really matters much at my age. I've done a bit more research, and in studies about 80% of people on the spectrum score that high, and 0% people not on the spectrum do, so it seems to be a test to rule out ASD rather than rule it in. So that part of the question is fairly convincingly answered in my mind. The other part, I'm still undecided on. I've put some feelers out with local psychiatrist offices, though, to see about whether the can do adult diagnosis, but, again, because of my social anxiety, I'm not sure I would want anything beyond that.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Do I have Asperger’s?

So, I ran across a video of someone in the retrocomputing community disclosing that they are on the Autism spectrum and linking to an Autism-Spectrum Quotient Test,and my results:

Your score was 36 out of a possible 50.

Scores in the 33-50 range indicate significant Autistic traits (Autism).

So, am I surprised, really? Not really. I mean, I suspected I was neurodivergent, and this test doesn't really tell me if I'm on the spectrum or not. It just indicates that I likely am, and, to be sure, should get a formal diagnosis. If I am on the spectrum, I suspect it's Asperger's Syndrome, but, at 52, would an actual diagnosis really matter? It certainly would explain a lot of feelings I've had about myself, but does it really change anything? I'm not sure it does, and I suppose disclosing an actual diagnosis could complicate certain areas of life.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Freaks and Geeks

I just finished my first watch through of the series Freaks and Geeks. It's one of those shows which deserved more than one season, but, alas, was canceled because of poor scheduling and conflicts between NBC and its creators. Such a shame, because I really wanted to see what happened next. Seems like the characters are overdue for a class reunion, though ;)