Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My autism answer

You scored slightly higher than average on this test, but are still below the threshold of 32 points that would likely indicate an autistic spectrum disorder. Just because you have scored higher than average, it does not mean that you are likely to be autistic - many people who score highly have no problems functioning in their day-to-day lives. This can be because of a good match with their chosen career (anecdotally, mathematicians and computer scientists score higher in this AQ test) or because they have a supportive family/social network that prevents any secondary problems occurring. If you feel that you are not able to function normally in day-to-day life, it may be worth talking to your GP about these test results.

Or perhaps because the test is absolute bullshit.

Autism can be mild, in which case the impact on daily life is minimal - or it can be so severe that sufferers struggle to function in their day-to-day lives, where the world seems a strange and scary place. There is currently no cure for ASD, but there are a range of treatments that can improve/manage the symptoms.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders have a wide range of symptoms, grouped into three broad categories:

  • Problems and difficulties with social interaction, such as a lack of understanding and awareness of other people's emotions/feelings.
  • Difficulty with language and communication skills, such an inability to start conversations or take part in them properly (often resulting in interrupting others inappropriately).
  • Unusual patterns of thought and physical behaviour – such as making repetitive physical

Or perhaps because the test is absolute bullshit.

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