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Those of you who have regularly visited my website and read my blog will know that since my son received the diagnosis of Asperger syndrome AS and that I have seriously considered that I also have this condition along with my OCD. OCD is my primary condition. I use the word primary in this instance to indicate that of the two conditions OCD is of the most detriment. Nonetheless AS and the symptoms thereof have impacted on my OCD and is of itself a considerable disadvantage. This I explain in the articles below along with my reasons for considering the possibility that I may have Aspergers syndrome.
Furthermore I consider that many people with OCD may also have AS or other autism spectrum disorders ASD such as for instance ADD or at least considerable traits thereof enough to compound or adversely effect the primary condtion, which in my case is OCD. I think that there may even be a similar consideration concerning other anxiety discovers and obsessive-compulsive like conditions such as anorexia nervosa but this seems less obvious although my sister who suffered with agoraphobia, panic disorder and anorexia nervosa manifested many traits of autism. For the time being however I will focus on OCD.
In order to treat any condition particualry neurological or psychological disorders, in other words disorders of the mind and thinking processes, it is necessary to identify all conditions which present. I think that treating a condition such as OCD in isolation and ignoring other disorders leads to a less favourable outcome and prognosis. This I will discuss in another article which I am in the process writing at the present time.
There are two accounts.
The first is an extenuation of an account I wrote a year or so ago which contains anecdotes, examples from my life that may serve to confirm the possibility that I do indeed have AS. This is a lengthy account and is, so to speak, a work in progress as more and more will be added where appropriate as I discover things in my life, my personality and behaviours which either confirm or cast doubts on the validity of my assumption. The more I read the experiences of others on website site forums such as Wrong Planet - Asperger and Autism Community the more I consider that my notion is correct that I do indeed have this condition along with OCD.
Note: I had some considerable anxiety about publishing this longer version as it is very repetitive and rambling. I am now simply so exhausted by trying to edit it to make it more acceptable and eliminate unnecessary repetition that I am now unable to do so without causing both considerable delay in publishing and an increase in my anxiety. Therefore I have decided to publish it as it is notwithstanding these failings which I may rectify when circumstances are more favourable.
The second is much shorter and was written for my psychologist. Being less detailed for the most part without the anecdotes it is more generalised which for someone so used to adding detail was very difficult compile.
For a precise and detailed account it is recommended that you read the longer version , particularly if you yourself are having similar considerations. If you just wish to read for general interest or you simply canít cope with all my rambling and waffling the second article is perhaps more suitable.
Why have I written these accounts about my postulations concerning AS which some may consider in itself is a obsessive compulsive preoccupation?
I write this account as I do anything else on my website and that is in order to shed light on the condition of OCD and other anxiety disorders and the effect that such conditions have on ones life. And in the case of these accounts the possible effects of co morbid or coexisting conditions. In this case AS or other ASD. In due course I intend to write my ideas as to why I think there is a connection between ASDs and OCD and why it is important for the recognition of this and other co existing conditions on the prognosis and treatment of OCD, and indeed other anxiety disorders, and As
I would like to hear comments please from anyone but I would in particular like comments from people with Asperger Syndrome, professionals in the field of diagnostic evaluation or anyone who has an interest who can give an informed opinion concerning the validity or otherwise of my consideration that I may have Asperger syndrome or other ASD. Also I would be most grateful for comments by anyone in a similar position with OCD who is also considering the possibilty of a duel diagnosis of AS or who has a diagnosis of both OCD and AS.
Comments concerning my inference that OCD and autism are related are also welcome, do you agree, disagree or considering a similar idea.
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