Wednesday, October 08, 2008

My Autism (Part 1)

This is probably one of the most serious posts I have ever done and one of the most honest blogs I have ever done. Now I'm going to talk about something that I have had my whole life, which I didn't want to in the past.

I have autism which I had mentioned in my Re-Introduction video which was a response to Charlie's Re-Introduction video.

Now Autism is nothing really serious but it affects me in day to day life activity.

I become really obsessed with things in general like lately I have been obsessed with Friends DVDs which once I start watching them then I have to finish them.

I have trouble understand human psychology like I have trouble reading peoples expressions like they may say one thing but their expression may show something different, it is really hard for me to understand human behaviour. Thats why I smile a lot, I dont always get what is going on. It makes me really sad at times.

Like for example I was reading one of my online friends blogs and I thought he was attacking over something within Youtube. Now I thought this was a personal attack and sent the person an e-mail to express my opinions. Now the person replied back saying they were only joking and people leaving comments on his blog knew he was joking.

I have always had problems with language. English is a bit like learning a foreign language to me like I know the words, but its how to express them in every day conversation. Sometimes I don't mean to upset people on MSN, Skype and outside the Internet. Sometimes I may not get what someone is saying especially sarcasm as I would go "WHAT?". Sometimes I feel I need someone to hit me over the head for me to get what they are going on about.

Being on the Internet has really helped me

The main characteristics of Autism according to Wikipedia

"Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom. The main characteristics are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis. Individual symptoms of autism occur in the general population and appear not to associate highly, without a sharp line separating pathological severity from common traits."

Wikipedia Links


Causes Of Autism

Heritability of Autism

I will talk more about this another time. Enjoy the day.

I'm off to see Friends on DVD now.


Jon said...

It is really good to know a bit more about it and how it affects you in particular.

It's good that you now feel comfortable to talk about this.

Dave said...

Wow barry that was very brave of you. I'm glad you find the internet has helped you, it wouldn't be the same without you!

el director! said...

I think it is really cool that you are talking about your Autism and it will hopefully help the wider population understand more about it.