Tony Attwood Talks about AS in Females & Comorbidities

Original video on YouTube by SpazioAsperger Associazione talks about the distinctive features of AS in females and the most common comorbidities.



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  1. ahhh comorbidities one of my favorite discussions! I studied this for a great deal of time in my psychology lessons when getting my masters’ degrees in psychology. Most of us have them in some capacity without even realizing it. I have MG but I also have anxiety and the two do not play nicely having and autoimmune/neuromuscular disorder (which is comorbid in itself) that triggers from anxiety. What fun. I find this video just as interesting because it speaks in the same concepts and disadvantages. Sometimes being a female can suck, LOL

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      1. You are welcome! I enjoy posts that feed my intellect as well as my soul. This definitely reminded me of my undergrad days and why I tell people that you have to be the healthiest YOU inside and out because you never know what can happen to you and cause conflict within your body. I already had anxiety. I have to fight to keep my anxiety in check just to ensure that my MG is balanced. I could not even begin to think about if I had other conditions.

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        1. I do well managing my anxiety. Most people would never notice me having an anxiety attack (I know to just sit still and remind myself over and over again that “it is illogical for me to feel this way and that the feeling is temporary”in my head. Lol. I probably look constipated or like I am going to throw up, but I do a good job looking like I am not fighting a major explosion of anxiety in my mind. It has been a few months since I had a full on attack. It’s great.

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          1. I have only had about 2-3 attacks ever in my life but they felt horrible. Otherwise I do pretty well. Usually my anxiety comes out in the form of me feeling overly antsy, annoyed, and hive-riddled, and frustrated beyond all belief. I know it’s illogical but I only seem to feel better once I can separate myself from the stimulus. Which is usually a person on the situation. If I have to stay in the situation I have to focus on music, a person or thought so hard I probably look constiTARDED I’m probably drooling, red in the face, and twitching, LOL.

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  2. I find I have the imagination and caring Dr. Attwood talks about. While I didn’t have the screw the world mentality until high school, I did dress my own unique way (like girls today dress w/o the whore component. Of course, that lead to bullying. I used to wonder about why anyone who expressed interest in me came from a broken home as well. My meltdowns are like males. I also am not a lover of reading, but do like audio books on both non fiction and fiction. I have learned a lot, including from you. If you want to re-blog any of my posts for a guest blog, just let me know 1st in using it.

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  3. I had to stop listening at about three minutes because I was so disgusted. First, his all-knowing attitude, second his assumptions and stereotyping. So there are only two kinds of asperger’s females? Funny that neither of his descriptions fit me, and from what I’ve read by other actual aspie women, there are considerably more than two types. This is, to the nth degree the perfect example of what aspie women (and actually anyone on the spectrum) have to put up with — the self-assured arrogance of people like Attwood who are certain they know all about how we function, who we really are behind the masks, and why we behave as we do. And these people are accepted as the experts who have permission to tell the public what to believe. Ever since I first heard of Attwood, several years ago, I thought he was a phony. Anyone who’s really listening can hear the ego dripping out of his voice. Detestable!


    1. I think the ego may have grown out of his fame. I did read his book the Complete Guide to Asperger’s and it was VERY good and accurate – for me and my own experiences any way. We need to remember that medical professionals don’t look at AS the same way we do.


      1. That’s the problem, isn’t it? For us. That he and so many others consider it a medical condition and just can’t get themselves out of that mindset. You might be right about the ego. But I’ve read some of his articles and always considered that he was seeing only his own interpretation. And if enough people say it reflects their experience, as you did, then that view is more likely to become the acceptable one.

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