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Are there any autistic people here who don’t have a classic presentations of the social symptoms? I think I might be autistic because I definitely show the signs like stimming, inflexible with routines, special interests, and sensory issues. But I don’t have differences with not recognizing facial expressions or emotions. And I am overly empathetic so I feel like that doesn’t lead towards autism. Also I feel embarrassed asking to be evaluated because I talked to my mom about it once and she acted like there is no way.

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    • DrawsFelix

      895d

      Autism is a spectrum. Let's use me and my sister as an example I'm empathetic, she's apathetic. She has many friends, I have 3. She gets social cues, I don't. I can give class presentations, she can't. I hope this helps.

    • DrawsFelix

      895d

      Autism is a spectrum. Let's use me and my sister as an example I'm empathetic, she's apathetic. She has many friends, I have 3. She gets social cues, I don't. I can give class presentations, she can't. I hope this helps.

    • strawberrysoop

      899d

      im high-empathy and have really animated expressions/expressive voice bc i felt like i wasn't understood unless i made my emotions very clear! you are definitely not the only one

    • CirceAtaraxia

      901d

      Hey, I don’t know if you are female born, but afab people tend to actually have high empathy instead of high detachment when they are autistic. I am in the same boat as you :)

    • ___

      901d

      Thank you all!

    • lunarbug

      902d

      Yes! not only can social deficits present differently, but as you engage in more social situations, you can learn some social rules, making it harder for others to believe you’re autistic.

    • Amaryllis

      902d

      A lot of the traditional autism signs are based off studies in males. Not as much research has been done on autism in women. We tend to be more social, either naturally, or through learned behavior in order to mask.

    • sabrdawg

      902d

      I'm one of the most social people I know. I don't have any difficulty looking people in the eye, I find I'm pretty good at interacting with others, and I enjoy social situations. I do, however, take things very literally and I don't read between the lines.

    • royalty

      903d

      Absolutely! Autism is a spectrum. And not just a linear one, every single symptom is a spectrum.

    • UnluckyUnicorn

      903d

      Autism is a spectrum for a reason. I also am high empathy and that is an autistic presentation. Low or high or changing empathy can be an autistic trait. Social difficulties also present as a spectrum in of itself. If you feel strongly about it then don’t be embarrassed! Most people aren’t educated on autism in it’s infinite complexity because it varies so much by individual. Get evaluated if that’s something you want and can do!

    • Romii

      903d

      Difficulty socializing can present a ton of different ways. You may be good at recognizing facial expressions but there could be other areas that you are lacking. Ex following the flow of conversation with multiple people

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