Autism And Its Effects On The Brain Structure And Activity

838 WordsNov 2, 20154 Pages
Imagine not picking up on social rules and cues, even as your peers are progressing rapidly. The way they act and speak to each other appears magical to you. Imagine having some days where you can hear but can’t understand what words are being said. Imagine being overwhelmed by every movement, noise, and smell one day, while craving that same stimulation the next day. Imagine having an extraordinary ability to see detail no one else can. Imagine finding divine pleasure in every little thing having to do with your favorite interests. What you’re imagining are just some of the experiences I live with day-to-day. I do have a disability but it also gives me unique abilities. Autism is a neurological and developmental disorder, affecting the entire brain structure and activity; though, I will mostly be discussing the physical consequences of this condition. The type of Autism I have is called Asperger’s Syndrome, but this is not my official diagnosis since the DSM now utilizes the umbrella-term Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism is typically diagnosed in early childhood and interventions are put into place. I, however, was very good at hiding my Autism and was not diagnosed until this year, 2015. My parents thought I wouldn’t interact with other children because I was painfully shy, not because I didn’t want to or didn’t know how to. I’ve been autistic ever since my brain developed in the womb but I didn’t know it until very recently. I believe this was actually a
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