A list of classic and more subtle traits of Asperger’s Syndrome in adults:
- Misunderstood – most people just don’t get you.
- Sensory overwhelm – sometimes your senses are too sharp.
- Angry explosion meltdowns – may happen when triggered or feeling trapped.
- Crying meltdowns – may happen when overwhelmed.
- Silent shutdowns – times when you can’t speak or socialise.
- Avoidance – not going places you imagine will be hard for you.
- Head person – logical person who thinks and analyses.
- Pattern finder – the way you look at life you see patterns in everything.
- Open book – when comfortable, extremely open and honest.
- Normal friendship is alienating – feeling alone and empty when being friends in the normal way.
- Bluntness and directness – your words are straight talking.
- Dissolving boundaries – when you find a friend boundaries dissolve. You may be too clingy or bossy.
- Awkward about social touch – you don’t really touch other people or if you do you don’t really like it.
- Monotone or hypnotic speech patterns.
- Strong self-discipline – you keep to your chosen routines.
- Mind going blank and empty – may happen when surprised or overwhelmed.
- Child-like imagination – a part of you never grows old.
- Bad with hair – you just can’t do it!
- Eccentric interests – unusual hobbies or collections.
- Repetitive eating habits – you always eat the same thing or follow a rigid diet.
- Makes funny noises – when comfortable the sounds you create carry meaning in communication.
- Inflexible about time and plans – may freak out if plans change unexpectedly.
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