Let’s talk about Autism and Aspergers Spectrum Disorders. Mental Heath Videos with Kati Morton

hey everyone this week’s video I’m going to talk about autism and Asperger’s disorder and how does it relate to mental illness so stay tuned so like I said this week’s video topic it comes from so many questions and concerns from all of you what or how does I guess how does our autism or Asperger’s disorder affect our mental illness and how does it link now before I even get started I want to just make everybody aware of how common this is and how many people have that this disorder and in Forbes magazine recently they published that one in 50 children suffer with some form of autism because like many of you know they call it the spectrum where we have Asperger’s and autism and kind of everything that falls in between those two something I guess I don’t want to get too caught up in diagnostic criteria of this but the difference between autism and Asperger’s is that autistic children when they’re younger we will notice as parents that they tend not to be as verbal and they won’t learn they won’t try speaking and they as they get older they’ll have trouble reading people’s expressions like if someone really struggles and has a problem with autism and I furrow my brow and I’m like what does this mean to you they might have trouble telling me what that means and what emotion is attached to that expression and they have a lot of trouble reading people’s body language and things like that but someone with Asperger’s is very verbal they will talk they will be fine they will communicate and things like that but they will still struggle to hold eye contact and to read people’s emotional cues and body language and things like that it really can make it very difficult for us as for those people who suffer to develop relationships and to feel loved and cared for now the way that this links to mental health as for our eating disorders self-harm depression anxiety all the topics that I touch on in all of my videos kind of link back in my mind to how we self-soothe as a child with autism or Asperger’s and the things that children will do is rocking in place will rock ourselves a lot of times they’ll hold their knees into their chest and they’ll rock they will even bang your head against the wall bang their arms – as a way to self-soothe because one of the struggles that they’ll have is changes with schedule and changes in the routine that they’re used to they don’t deal well with it it feels very uncomfortable they get very frustrated and that internal frustration and aggression that they can feel because it’s uncomfortable I mean we’ve all been in uncomfortable situations right and imagine feeling that probably times 50 when things are changed and you’re not expecting it you’re not prepared and they get very anxious and so these are ways that they soothe the rocking like all of us like in a rocking chair as a baby that’s very calming so they will rock and the banging of the head is almost a release of that aggression and that anger that feeling that they have some will scratch themselves bite other children bite themselves any kind of way to kind of release that and I know that we can all relate to that and you can kind of see where I’m going with this tie to the self-harm and the anxiety component it is because of that struggle to self-soothe that many of us who struggle with autism or Asperger’s may also self-harm or have high anxiety and it can be because of that difficulty regulating our inside I don’t know the best way to describe it but it’s kind of that feeling of overwhelm when things don’t quite go the way we planned those are other ways to release and you can see that the banging the head and the scratching and the hitting is in itself a way of self-harm and so because we’ve been doing that as a way to self-soothe why would it change later do you know what I mean so that’s the link for that for self-harm and for anxiety I feel that that’s why we find that there’s such a close connection a lot of us who self-harm and have high anxiety also have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s now as far as eating disorders go binge eating purging anorexia all varied eating disorders if any of you have ever worked with an autistic or Asperger’s child they are extremely picky eaters it has nothing to do with health it has nothing to do with the types of food it’s all textural it’s all smell it’s it’s very for the most part I mean I’ve had I used to do floor time therapy when I was in schools one of my first jobs with children with autism and one of my clients would only eat bacon if his mom cooked it in a certain frying pan I think it was like orange on the bottom I think was the orange frying pan and it had to be cooked to a crisp like so extremely crispy that like it would have the time mom would put it in a ziploc and it’d be like crumbles but he didn’t care it was the texture had to be really crispy so it wasn’t that he was worried about eating meat or it was a greasy meat he didn’t even care it wasn’t anything do with that was the texture so for a lot of people who struggle with this when they want a certain type of food and they like a certain type of food they may binge on it as they get older maybe the only food that they eat so they just eat a lot of that one food or they’re extremely picky and nothing feels safe and we don’t know how it’s going to feel we get really overwhelmed we may get that building feeling so we may not eat anything it may lead to restricting which then can lead to binging and you can see how we can kind of cycle in an eating disorder like phase and how it ties to autism or Asperger’s now I know that this is a really tricky topic and there’s a lot of things I could go into off of this but I want to try to keep it simple and show you how the two are so closely tied and why we may as adults find out and get a diagnosis of autism or Asperger’s and think how they not notice this before but like I said it’s on a spectrum and I met so many people like I said one in 50 children they estimate to have some form of it we’re high-functioning this is nothing to do this is it like a learning disability we aren’t handicapped in any way this just kind of shows us why we’ve had that internal anxiety and that overwhelm feeling and we didn’t really have a way to self-soothe and we’ve used our eating disorder or depression or anxiety or self-harm as a way to bring that level down and to kind of cope and so just like I’ve talked about in my workbook if you haven’t checked out my workbook hop on my website and download it we will slowly learn ways to self-soothe using different techniques like journaling art therapy collages I will get more into in the future in my future videos ways to stretch and use our bodies as a way to soothe there are a lot of tools that we can use to self-soothe that don’t involve those unhealthy tools we’ve been using for a long time but I hope this helps shed some light on the links between these two disorders and how we as people who struggle with both can still help ourselves fight back against those urges and work towards a healthy mind and a healthy body so make sure you subscribe to my channel because I put out videos every Monday and I also do q and A’s during the week so you don’t want to miss those and leave your comments below let me know what your experience is and if there’s a topic within this that you would like me to touch on more because I always listen and I always read all your comments even if I don’t get through them all and don’t answer them all I always read them and I always make notes and take them to heart I love you all have a great week I don’t want a healthy mind healthy body myself into an oblivion good oh yeah oh I got it just do you think I think it was good I mean we do you never listen to the content we even listening you were twittering I saw you good I would like you to make me sandwich though I crack myself up nobody else but myself but yeah I just wanted to make sure that it’s normalized and they realize it happens to a lot of people and it’s still I don’t know that it makes sense why it’s connected you know

100 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Autism and Aspergers Spectrum Disorders. Mental Heath Videos with Kati Morton

  1. My experiences may be atypical for the average Aspie.  I'm high functioning, and usually passable for a very articulate (a skill strengthened in recent years),  socially awkward "neurotypical."  My therapist uses the cute term "Cuspie."  The thing is that since I didn't fit the description of people more severely affected by the autistic spectrum, I went un-DXed until I was I was 26.  My parents had rejected one diagnosis, accepted hypotonia and a mild communicative delay as separate, and I was prescribed for Ritalin for a few months under an ADHD misdiagnosis when I began rebelling against the concept of only learning things to regurgitate on Friday, and binge text books for exams.  Those things, emotional abuse, and strict parenting led to extremely repressed teen years.  At school, there was excessive bullying from classmates and even a teacher, vivid sexual harassment, and my rare times on AIM were trolled by cyber bullies who knew me through school.  

    I felt like such an outsider. Church youth groups, my artwork, poetry, comics, and music were for the most part my only release.  

    In college (especially freshman year), I continued to stand out.  I would work late at night in common areas because I could concentrate better in that solitude.  It caused me to oversleep some times.  I held such high standards for myself that if I slept late, I would go a day without food to teach myself a lesson (I think that's self-harm).  I even death with some insomnia after my dad died from alcoholism.  

    It was a few years after getting my degree that I got my own PCP (who diagnosed my migraines as a byproduct of dangerous hernias (and not what my parents dismissed as my staying up late), and I selected my own psychotherapist.  My therapist figured how some things in my past are connected, helps me to deal with anxiety, understanding the world, understanding myself, and learning life skills.  I also found two Aspie memoirs relatable and inspiring. Look Me In the Eye by John Elder Robison and Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holliday Willey.  I… don't know if it's my possibly having a non-binary gender or just being so close to neurotypical, but I found just as much in Robison's book that I could identify with as I could find in Willey's, though female Aspies are said to be more socially adjusted generally speaking.

  2. I am a 22 year old Autistic adult and also a woman. It's very rare for woman to have Autism since it is a male disorder. Because of my Autism I'm unable to have a sex life or form relationships with anyone outside of close family. Since I can't have sex it has made my very depressed and very lonely. I also have very awkward motor ticks and I don't make eye contact with people. I am basically like a poor child trapped in an adults body which makes me even more awkward. I will most likely never be able to have sex and I'm have to be celibate for my whole life. I feel like Autism has stolen my life and I wish there was a cure for what I have.

  3. It's awesome you did floortime therapy! I'm an Autistic adult who studied human services in school and I'm super interested in floortime. I would love to know more about your experience with that.

  4. I think that it's genetic slot of people are finding a connection between Ehlers danlos a connective tissue mutation and aspergers. I do.

  5. I was diagnosed with autism at 7 years old but at first they thought I had Aspergers then they didn’t and I am high functioning autistic. I was diagnosed with social anxiety and depression at 14 years old and struggle with so many others that it’s so overwhelming so I try and be myself cause it’s like they are treating me like an illness. I’m a person who is shy at first but funny and awkward and weird and hyper I might diagnosed with mental health but I’m still a person.

  6. I have a brother who I believe is Autistic. It was terrible growing up. This guy peed on our mother's garden, licked clean spoons and put it away as if still clean, doesn't use toilet paper to wipe himself and smears it on the wall, doesn't basically basic clean after himself, stays up all night and sleeps all day, throws tantrums, walks around the house completely naked, eats all the food I come from poverty so I sometimes starved as a child. He is worst than a 4 year old child. As an adult myself now, I hope to bring myself to be more educated about these conditions. However I bear some resentment, my teenage years were a unnecessary nightmare having to cope with low-self esteem and having no friends, not knowing where to begin or how to handle situations. To Top this up, my mother is schizophrenia, has been for a while right along side my brother. Anyways, thanks for your videos. I am learning much.

  7. My Nan would say that i was a picky eater. I would have the same meal everyday because i was such a picky eater. I would have the same sandwich everyday. Even now, i can’t stand unannounced change i have to be given some warning about what it is first and given time to work through how i feel about that. I tend to ware the same cloths until someone notices.

    Trying something knew courses a grate deal of anxiety and i have to be with someone close that i trust like a lover or close friend. As a child i would bit my finger and pull my knees up to my chest and rock, usually, behind the sofa and have routines, which had to be performed each time perfectly. In addition, i still find it difficult to maintain eye contact because i can’t tell how people will react to it; thus, become worried about what they are thinking; will they see me eye contact as a threat or challenge. So, what is the difference between me and someone that has asparagus?

    Something for you to think about. People go to the medical profession for help as a child or adult and what does the medical profession do? They put people, who are often very hurt, in the hands of uneducated sadistic physical and emotional abusers.

  8. Asperger's is a form of autism. It is diagnosed to people who are on the autistic spectrum, but are on the higher functioning end. We may share the same struggles as those who are further down the spectrum, but to a different degree. Even though I would say "I have Asperger's," it is still the same as "I'm on the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum". Please stop talking about them almost as if they're two different things all together

  9. kati, i read women are underdiagnosed with aspergers because our symptoms are different (we are often diagnosed with bpd or depression). i'd love to see a video about that so it could raise awareness, since there are a lot of adult women who struggle and have no idea what is going on

  10. Now, my 14 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, but her dr uses High Functioning Autism interchangeably…On some of her paperwork, there is ASD on it…Actually, she told me when my daughter was diagnosed that she is giving her the diagnosis of Aspergers, but we will be treating her for HFA. So I am a little confused, but I usually just say (whenever we need to tell anyone)..that she has autism, a high functioning autism. We have a dr appt with the dr that diagnosed her tmw, i'll ask her about it and see what they say at this point.

  11. I have aspergers and started speaking VERY young. I actually do have moments, now, that make verbal communication extremely difficult…usually when I'm tired or stressed. It's a tad frustrating, because it happens so little that I don't really have anything I use to communicate during it. I know of resources from my non-verbal friends, I just haven't tried it yet. I had more trouble reading emotional social cues as a kid, but now I tend to hyper-focus on body language and facial expressions because just words and verbal tones have always been EXTREMELY difficult to figure out for me. I have the aspergers on top of a ton of mental illnesses, other behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities, so I'm not sure if mine may react differently to most aspergers cases when everything else comes into play as well. I find that some of my mental illness symptoms can "turn on" my sensory processing issues and my sensory processing issues can trigger my mental illness symptoms(some of them). I tend to say, "they bounce off of each other" though that seems to confuse my doctors often times…

    I wasn't diagnosed until I was 13, though, making services quite difficult to get. Honestly, I have no clue how it was un-diagnosed for so long…. I even used to see a neurologist regularly for ADHD that missed it. It was a psychiatrist at my first psychiatric impatient hospital that saw it. Thinking back on my behaviors, it should have been EXTREMELY obvious that I had some form of autism long before I was 13…

  12. One thing I like about Kati is that no matter the disorder, she always affirms that the person who has it, is ok. It's not that someone is bad for having a disorder, it's that yes, you have a disorder, but here are tools that can help cope with it. The more I watch videos on mental health, the more I think that we all have internal struggles that we must manage.

  13. Please please help me understand how asbergers in different in teens than in children, specifically the characteristics and how it affects them in different social settings. Im having a hard time finding info specifically for teenage boys

  14. Hello I have a friend who's autistic and is being bullied and stalked by a former friend that forced him into a sexual relationship, and also molested his niece. He took advantage of my friend and ruined his already hard life. His family Beth hill prator,Jim prator,Brooke Maloney are all taking part in harassing my disabled friend. They are all on Facebook and hack my friends internet connection. Making it impossible for him to reach out for help. If you know someone with Aspergers, this could easily happen to them. We all know people with Aspergers are easily manipulated. And trust anyone,this has to be stopped. Help my friend receive justice.

  15. School buses were overwhelming. Both aurorally and visually overwhelming. Like being in a roaring tunnel of noise and confusion. I would hitch hike rather than ride in the bus from 8th grade up.

  16. Hi…I'm so glad i found your videos. I have a question, maybe the group can relate. I was diagnosed as a kid with Asperger. But i also was abused by my mother since the age of 2 to almost 12 (sexually etc. etc.etc.). I went from that, to be part of a cult in India. Not long ago i was diagnosed with PTSD and Schizoaffective Disorder. I'm 50, and being through therapy for as long a i remember. The thing is i'm extremely sensitive to any medication, and my worst problem is that since the term "Asperger" is been taken out of the book, my mind is analized by the new standards. So basically i'm treated as a typical schizophrenic… When i know that my real problem is the Asperger's. What do you suggest?.

  17. I'm an aspie and doctors thought I was deaf when I was a toddler. Also as an aspie I can say that I didn't learn until to speak until I was 4, I might've just been stupid though. Then was I was 7 I fell unconscious from banging my head.

  18. I don't have any sort of diagnosis in this direction, but I've considered the possibility that I may have some form of asperger's syndrome. I have anxiety and panic attacks, but a lot of things that I connect to that don't really fit with what I read (not online, in psychology magazines and university textbooks), or what other people with anxiety seem to experience, but it fits with a lot of what I read about autism. This really hit a nerve, and I wanna thank you a lot; I'm 19, and I'm not sure I really wanna go too much into it, but it's been bothering me, and it would be really nice to know some stuff about adults with autism, and what that diagnosis might mean to them

  19. Also superior intelligence, hand-flapping, and toe-walking. I was diagnosed with adjustment disorder and OCD after I badly injured myself and ended up in the ER. Before that I struggled with pathological narcissism. I've gone through several therapists, but just migrate from one unhappy disorder to the next, incapable of cultivating healthy social relationships. :/

  20. Would you consider making an updated video about autism? It sounds like, in this video, you are talking about autism and aspergers as two different things, but really aspergers is just a different label for what people would call "high functioning" autism. It's the same disorder, with the sensory processing issues and the social disconnect/hidden curriculum thing, but it's just that nonverbal or people who have a really hard time communicating with the disorder are more marginalized because they have a harder time "passing" as neurotypical. There other YouTubers [Amythest Schaber of Ask an Autistic and Danny Raede of Asperger Experts are two of my favorites because they are so comprehensive] who speak at length on this topic, as well as on the topic of autism self-advocacy. I really appreciate how you highlighted the links between autism and other mental issues, as well as doing your best to try to explain what life is like for people on the spectrum. I would just like to point out that there is more current content out there that you can use to inform this topic and give your audience a fuller idea of what it's about. Your videos are fantastic, including this one. No hate intended. 🙂

  21. I didn't eat banananananaananananananas for a while because I thought they where to mushy then at about 12 I started to eat them but NEVER the black or brown parts I also don't really like popcorn anything gummy and I dont really like spaghetti but I do eat that because I like it when I eat it in weird ways it makes me think less about the texture

  22. my daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers and we were told that she has High Functioning Autism. Her doctor says the diagnosis is a diagnosis of autism. my child actually has severe anxiety, depression and self harms a lot. she will scratch herself, punch her walls and has cut herself. She has been in therapy, but the therapist referred us to another therapist because any time she tried to talk to her, she'd slip in to the characters she is obsessively interested in.

  23. I remember seeing my GP last year, asking if i could get screened for a diagnosis. She didn't even take me seriously, just because I do well in education…?

  24. Lol I’ve got sooo many duel diagnosis! Autism, MDD, GAD, ADHD, Learning difficulties, and PTSD! Also, asthma, maintains, and an autoimmune thyroid disorder! Sooo many! Lol

  25. Great video I have Asperges Syndrome and I sometimes bang my head on my wall and pick my nails sometimes its a way for me to cope against my brain and sometimes certain textures of food aren't that great for me that's why I struggle eating them, I tend to like my food dry and warm, and even crispy.

  26. I don't know much about this topic but it seems there are people on the autistic range who are not even Asperger? How can this be?

  27. 4:50 "They are extremely picky eaters. Very picky about the texture."

    Yet another sign that I have the ass burgers. Why, God? Why?

  28. Hey, thanks for this great video! Kati, could you please talk about pseudo-autism based on brain injure or epilepsy? There is a lot of information about classic forms of autism throughout the internet, but googling this one doesn't really help me

  29. I don't know if this helps, but when you were trying to describe the "body feels" with my disorders it feels like there is a person inside my body wearing this skin and he is made of electricity and tries to get out of the skin prison through different body parts (arms, neck, legs, eyes) and it hurts! it's super uncomfortable, you know that feeling when you're wrapped up to tight in your blanket and you can't get out…or worse you're so tired but you can't find your way out?…yeah, well imagine that times 1,000 and that's kind of what it's like…compound that with full body restless leg syndrome and you've got an accurate description

  30. Hey Kati! just a correction but Asperger's Syndrome no longer clinically exists as a diagnosis, both are now merged into one diagnosis as 'Autistic Spectrum Disorder'. Also, I find it more helpful to think of a spectrum as circular, like the colour picker wheel on computers, with any number of traits that a person might show in any combination. This is instead of a linear line, which encourages labels like 'high functioning' and 'low functioning' and sees autistic people as either total write-offs beyond help, or barely in need of help and probably just fine and exaggerating, y'know? Autistic people have STRONGLY opposed functioning labels for some time now and I would love if clinicians could take the lead in discouraging their use as they are harmful for us.

  31. The difference between autism and asperger's <= geniuses in a conference room overthinking their psychoanalytical experience

  32. I love how she uses the pronoun "us", like she's referring to everybody, not just a specific demographic. Makes it feel a lot more empathetic.

  33. As a child with a single undiagnosed parent on the spectrum things were definitely v confusing. It all makes sense as an adult looking back – how they couldn't read my body language or expressions at all. It was all v frustrating as a child trying to communicate. Their managing of their anxiety too was not v effective back then too. So I witnessed a lot of anxiety attacks. I basically viewed my parent, from a v young age, as emotionally fragile and someone I couldn't rely on. It's tough to reconcile the fact that even though my parent had good intentions when raising me I now deal with CPTSD from the emotional neglect/parentification. Just knowing, now, they're on the spectrum is useful information – and it brings me a bit of relief because it all clicks!

  34. I grew up with ASD and my ED behaviors were related to my obsession with numbers and spreadsheets. I enjoyed chronicling my progress and treated my body like an entity separate from me that I could use like a lab rat in a science experiment. It took a lot for me to understand 1) that people were worried about me, 2) why they were worried, and 3) why I should care that they were worried.

  35. I think i am undiagnosed. I rarely spoke when I was young, sometimes it felt like i just couldn't and I have severe anxiety. Or it could be from a traumatic childhood. I honestly dont know, Im a hot mess…

  36. Please make a video about autistic people who didn’t get diagnosed until they were in their late teens/adulthood!

  37. Adult female with high-functioning autism here. I engaged in many of the self-harming behaviours up until I was about 21. I would often bite myself and bang my head when I got overwhelmed both in a sensory sense and as an emotional release, usually in reaction to another person upsetting me. I rarely ever do it now unless things are really ugly. I'm still a picky eater though my palate has expanded quite a bit over the years. I find that I'll go through 2-3 week long phases of a heavy preference for one type of food then I get tired of it and move onto a new one. It seems that every time I go grocery shopping I find myself filling the cart with mostly one type of food and it's different with every trip to the store.

    EDs and self-harm are interesting in autism because the motives and mechanisms are different than in neurotypicals. It seems that autistic individuals self-harm as a way of helping their brains tolerate their surroundings and they restrict their eating patterns because they don't like the textures of foods. Neurotypicals self-harm for emotional reasons and restrict their eating in reaction to how they feel about themselves. Many people with moderate-lower functioning autism don't have that concept of self and don't make the emotional connection with self-harm.

  38. Who cares what I am? I’m one human outa billions and billions more that are to and have been. It doesn’t matter

  39. Clearly this video is based on the older dsm and not the dsm-5. I don't know if you have an updated video on ASD that's based on the dsm-5, but if you don't I would ask that you consider making an updated video on ASD please.

  40. My therapist mentioned to me that I may have Asperger's syndrome. I have many symptoms but I don't think I have it. I'm just gonna wait and see if I'm diagnosed.

  41. I just go around in circles if I have autism in any form. It frustrates me. I still feel lost and alone just begging god that something will make sense.

  42. Do all autistic bite, rock, or hit their heads? I have some family members who I really think have autism but don't do those things. Not reading social cues is the number 1 sign for them.

  43. I dont know if i have anxiety and asperger's/autism or just anxiety, but my girlfriend has been diagnosed with asperger's and she thinks i have a lot of symptoms that she had. I was very social when i was in elementary school, and I learned how to speak and read easily, I played with other children but i got angry when it wasnt "right", but bullying wore that social thing out and I got really stressed in middle school and developed a tic (i jerk my head to the left, it happens when im tired and trying to stay awake and when my senses are overwhelmed). I have always had textural issues with food and cannot eat soups, jello, boiled vegetables, fatty meats. When i get overwhelmed and anxious especially in public places where i try to repress tics, i get itchy and sometimes i dont notice im itching until it hurts a lot.

  44. Hey, can you maybe make a video with some more information specifically about aspergers in adult women? Would be amazing since I can't find much information about it 🙂

  45. Figured out a year or so ago that my mother and one of my sisters have aspergers. I believe my mother's brother and their mother also had it. It seems to run in families.

  46. Does anyone else find eye contact unpleasant ? it freaks me out, i have Schizoaffective disorder so maybe its to do with that

  47. Hi! My daughter is on the spectrum and currently school aged. My biggest concern is when she can't control or tone down her emotions, ex. She cries very loudly when she is sad, stomps excessively when angry. Usually, blankets and rocking soothe her, but my greatest fear is how those frustrations and feelings will increase in intensity and how to guide her to have a better coping mechanism of her feelings. Thanks in advance.

  48. Many ways to try and get some form of control with food over situations that kids have no control over.

  49. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 50. My therapist didn't believe I was until I saw a specialist and showed him my diagnosis on paper. The people I'm closest with said "oh, yea, I can see it now", but everyone else looks at me like they don't believe it or see it. I should wear a pin that says, "Do I look Autistic now?".

  50. Thank you for the warm compassion. I have a few friends who deal with these symptoms. It's good to know the education is available here as a way to counter stigma too.

  51. I have High-Functioning Autism, i usually have a hard time commuting with others and i can be a picky eater (whenever i see something i like i eat it till its gone ;D; sorry im like that) and plus i have a hard time telling people why i feel like the way i do usually i overreact when someone i really care about who about is not talking to me or something i will overreact that they are avoiding me and i feel like i did something wrong i feel like i have Depression and Anxiety (tho im not entirely that i have it or not i feel like i have it) i would talk about others but not in a bad way so yea:/ and i rock back and forth people thinks there something wrong with me

  52. I wasn't officially diagnosed but my school therapist said thay I had a lot of the features that ASD has. I wonder if that still counts, but in my adult life I can see how it affects my life.

  53. My sisters thinks I have autism but at some points or many the time I get extremely hyper and you know run and jump kind of thing so I need to move a lot than I don’t know if I have (add) as there is nothing wrong with my attention span, in fact if I do something I like I can sit there for hours finishing it, I’m not diagnosed in anyway but I have always had difficulty reacting appropriately in social situations and I’m really bad at sarcasm and lying ….it’s just I have to tell you how I think or know something rather than come up with a white lie I don’t always know how to do that. But I have read many self help books and articles to fix that . I also did not really speak as a child but I am very vocal now. Again from reading a whole bunch to fix my body language and to be more approachable. It has never come very easy for me to socialize I effectively had to teach myself.

  54. At the age of 60, I’m just discovering this about myself.
    And that is one of the reasons I hesitate to “Make it Official”
    I have had many struggles in my time on this planet, but I have obviously figured out how to make it work.
    And I don’t see the advantage of getting diagnosed professionally.

  55. Thanks Katie. I’m a trainee hypnotherapist and it will be useful to be able to spot this in weight loss clients.

  56. Despite disliking alot of the autism/aspergers videos they keep coming up on YouTube. Yours is watchable though.

  57. I'm Aspi and have never ever wanted to harm myself, depression could be when I was very young but not now. We have difficulties to notice body language and in part I can understand more, studying and learning.

  58. When a distortion intersects the way of my day it's inextricable. All components need to reference said thing but those before can't not while those after can I've dressed for a ball not a ho down. And it doesn't stop. I can settle thoughts on it then I'm my way to realize, oh I really could have run that by there but…..arg. then it compounds and it does stop. But if I enter impute, tap my head, rock, clap, I love hit baths. The stimulation over takes the rumination. Stimming is the term but she may say that yet.

  59. There’s a spelling error in the thumbnail image, you’ve spelt Autism as Austism. (There is an extra s before the t if you can’t see it). Sorry, I’m a bit pedantic about spelling

  60. Thank you for covering Aspergers on your channel. I am an Aspie female and my channel focuses on what life is like for people like me <3

  61. I am so glad I am not the only person who can't eat certain foods because of the texture. When I was younger, my family were just awful about it and weren't convinced it was a real thing and told me (and continue to tell me) I was just being a brat. But even as an adult there are still foods I cannot eat unless they are sparsely mixed in with other foods to hide the texture. Even thinking about trying to eat these types of foods makes me gag

  62. Hey kati I was diagnosed at the age of two years as autism spectrum disorder. I used to do the self harm and sometimes still do… I would rock back and forth and still do as of today. When I was two years old the teachers would say that I was a sweet girl and cute but wouldn’t socialize with the other toddlers. I just had a glazed over look in my eyes and later on in my teenage years I was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic then my twenties it became schizoaffective bipolar disorder. So I still self harm and I am currently like I have for awhile so I binge and purge and I’m trying to get over that. It’s very hard and scary thanks for the video Kati.

  63. I have Asperger's and I do have PTSD since I was 7 or 8.

    Most of the time I never feel safe regardless of where I am and I am on my guard 24/7 and I do end up working on anything I can as my temporary respite which is not long.

  64. I'm 99% sure I'm on the spectrum but my doctors/ family won't believe me. Sooo frustrating. Thank you for your videos!

  65. I am glad someone talks about the mental health side. I swear with my aspegers, most of my issue is anxiety. Social cues are really difficult but the anxiety with it is horrible.

  66. I have autism and right now and I use cutting as a way to realise emotions that I don’t really feel anymore because they are so hidden, I’m 13 but I think I might have another or more mental disorders ( anxiety, depression think I might have) should I ask a adult from school for help?

  67. I have ASD and regarding the eating thing; I've only been able to eat take-outs my whole life lol. It's pretty weird but I can barely stand home-cooked food, it's not food to me. I'd rather have a sleazy burger from a bad take-out than eating gourmet food cooked by a professional chef if it's home-cooked.

  68. I have Asperger and a major problem is hypersensitive overloads and dissociation moments, they are very hard for me. So why do I have them? I can't eat spicy food, I have to block sound and light out, wears soft clothing and can't touch people, let alone have smell around me.

  69. It’s not a disorder to be autistic, it’s normal so why call it something negative. If anything Autism and especially Aspergers end of the scale is the opposite of a disorder, it’s talent.

  70. Hello, I am an autistic woman posting on my boyfriend's account and I was wondering if you are autistic as well. You express yourself with wonderfully exaggerated hand motions as you speak and you exhibit atypical facial expressions. You also use "they" and "we" interchangeably throughout your lecture and I am not sure if you are offering empathy to the autistic community or indicating inclusion.

    From my observations of your videos and possibly my habit of wanting to diagnose everyone I first encounter with autism, I think you may be autistic as well.

    Thank you for your videos,

  71. Hi my name is Brennen and I have autism ,OCD depression ,anxiety and a learning disability. I just wanted to say that I really like your YouTube channel and keep up the good work.

  72. I am wondering about this, because I have bad social skills and I am sure I dont have aspergers. I am more of a loner and prefer solitary activities. I have some overlap with asperger traits, but not the core traits. Is there therapy for bad social skills and lack of motivation to be social?

  73. I have Aspergers and I am exactly the same with bacon! just thinking about it makes me uncomfortable. Also, adults have it too.

  74. Man I love the idea of a spectrum. It just makes sense to me. I can’t wait in the future when everything is judge threw a spectrum, like I want spectrum number 2 mayonnaise on my spectrum 1 burger, please. No problem madam have a spectrum 6 day!

  75. I really like how you say “we” in a lot of videos. It doesn’t matter if you actually have these disorders, but it’s nice that you’re comfortable with putting yourself with us.

  76. I like your videos. I can practice eye contact. I was diagnosed aspergers a couple months ago. Often I cant stand eye contact but sometimes I crave it.
    And you don't talk down to me. That means a lot.

  77. I would not label something as a disorder in every case which gifted the world major advances in arts, science and technology, making a lot us kind, loyal and conscious people. Honestly, my biggest problem with an Asperger "sufferer" is the way judgemental neurotypicals perceive, marginalise and systematically discriminate against us at every level of society. It's the social model of disability.

  78. I'm struggling to decide if I ask my therapist to revisit the possibility of me having Asperger's or mild form of it. I've spoken with her and she doesn't get the vibe that I have it. I respond to her like a normal person, however, other people say that I have trouble understanding sarcasm. I want to know if there is anyone like me without being on the spectrum or if I should revisit the conversation with my therapist. I don't want to go down a long rabbit hole with therapy if it turns out I don't have anything like aspergers and waist precious time.

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