10 things not to tell a woman with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism




1. But your autism is only very mild

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It’s not the flu virus.

2.Have you ever thought that maybe you just have an anxiety disorder?

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Oh, I didn’t realise accountants had medical degrees too!?

3. I don’t see why you need to label yourself, you’re fine as you are

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Labels are not a luxury item.

4. But you can make eye contact!

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Thanks, i’ve counted out literally each second i’ve had to look into your eyes and feel mine burning in response.

5. You just need to get out there and face your fears!

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I can guarantee you that’s not going to work. That’s like telling a non-swimmer just to jump in the deep end and give it a go!

6. So how does it effect you? (Hears answer) Oh, is that all!?

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Well that’s not belittling at all!

7. But you socialise fine

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Thanks, i’ve only had to diligently watch people my entire life to figure out how to do it and go to the toilet about a hundred times before meeting someone.

8. May you’re just an introvert

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Of course, why didn’t the Psychiatrist think of that during my 5 hour assessment!?

9. Are you good with computers and numbers then?

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Are you?

10. Oh I get nervous around people too

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No the same my friend, not the same.

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  1. Great blog post… I don’t really like the use of ‘functioning labels’ though… Perhaps just better left @ 10 things not to tell a woman (or indeed any person, regardless of gender) who had Aspergers or Autism.

  2. Thanks for sharing; Great** I think my SIL has HFA; she has an Oddness about her? Difficult to put in words; but she is super sweet! They weren’t
    diagnosing way back when; She’s 70-71.

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