Questionnaire for people with ASDS
I wanted to give us Auties a chance to get to know each other, so I came up with a few questions. You don’t really have to answer the questions, they’re just a guideline. What I really want to do is prompt other people on the Spectrum to talk about themselves and their experiences.
If you want to be a part of this project, simply post anything; your answers to this questionnaire, a video or a text post on the tag ‘autiesocial’.
What is your first name?
Hometown (if different):
What do you have?:
Asperger’s Syndrome and depression
When were you diagnosed?(skip if you don’t have a disorder):
What is the disorder like for you (ie how does it manifest itself, what are your stims, special interests, good points, bad points etc)
My Asperger’s is fairly bearable for me. When I was younger I didn’t understand how different I was and that would get me into a lot of trouble. I would info-dump on people and creep them out, other kids would pick up on my oddities and use them to bully me. I would irritate teachers at school with my rocking/swaying/random outbursts (I was quiet for the most part, but when I get overstimulated I get the urge to make strange noises). I could never understand why I couldn’t make real friendship and why I was so uncoordinated.
Now that I understand myself more, I’ve improved a lot. I’ve learned to move slowly and carefully so that I don’t fall over/break things. I’ve come to realise that not everyone is synesthetic, so describing sounds with colours, for example, is not a good idea. I’ve minimised my stims to less noticeable things, though they become more pronounced when I’m edgy. My social skills, have not improved very much though. I don’t info-dump as much, but I still don’t know how to have a conversation or make friends. I’ve learned to just put everything on the table from the start and wait for someone who’s ok with all my crazy to come along. I guess the biggest difference is I’m more confident now; I don’t get as upset when I don’t make friends any more. I’ve learned to be happy by myself.
Depression is much harder to deal with, especially since mine was allowed to fester for so long before I sought treatment. I get suicidal thoughts frequently - even when I’m not down - it’s like a compulsion for me to be sitting somewhere, noting all the different ways I could ‘out’ myself at that moment. When I get really bad I get mildly psychotic - there are times when I’ve convinced myself someone was spying on me/reading my thoughts, I rarely see things, thankfully, save the odd flash in my peripheral. I’m still very much in touch with reality, thankfully.
My special interests are fantasy, sci-fi and horror.
Are you in school? Year/Grade:
My favourite subjects were English, Philosophy, Biology and Geography
Profession (if not in school):
Girugamesh and The Cure are my favourite bands. I enjoy most forms of rock/metal but will give anything a try.
Do you play any instruments?:
No. I tried to play the guitar once, and was forced to learn the recorder in school, but I was bad at both.
I have a special interest in Tolkien and C.S Lewis, I also enjoy fairy tales and legends as well as Anne Rice, Lovecraft, Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu, H.G Wells, Orson Scott-Card, Koji Suzuki, GRRM and the Harry Potter series. I generally like older books, since I’m an English nerd, but I’m not a snob and will try anything.
Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! original series
I also love the diaries of Che Guevara.
Ju-On series, Alien Series, Star Trek, Star Wars Ep.IV V VI, The Fall, Che, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Stargate, Ghibli films, most animated Disney films (Fantasia scares me)
Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones, Buffy, Star Trek (DS9 especially), Stargate: SG-1, True Blood, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, Blood+, Black Blood Brothers
Legacy of Kain, Metal Gear Solid, Spyro 1-3, Dante’s Inferno, Darksiders, Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, FFVII, Pokemon
I suck at sports, but I do enjoy horseback-riding. I go to the Dublin Horse Show when I can and will watch Showjumping/Eventing on TV.
Mother, father, two older brothers (39 and 36), older sister (36, she and the younger of my brothers are twins), sister-in-law, brother-in-law, two nieces (eldest brother’s, 8 and 2), two nephews (sister’s, 3 and 1), idiot dog (sprollie)
I don’t really know. I like monochrome things with striped/checked/tartan patterns. Sometimes I’ll add a splash of red, but that’s as daring as I get, colourwise.
Plans for the future?:
I’d like to publish a book series at some point. Other than that IDK.
And now a challenge; most people on Tumblr have more than one blog. Do the people following your other pages know about your ASD? Do they understand it? When I answer this, I’m going to post my response on all of my blogs. If people want to unfollow me because of it, so be it. I want people to know what someone on the Spectrum is really like. Why don’t you guys do the same?