Aspergers support group with captions

Uploaded by kimberlymurza on 11.05.2012

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>> This is Nicky.
>> Hello.
>> This is Karl.
>> Hi.
>> This is Eric.
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>> But we have one other new person here today
and that is Nicky.
Nicky, can you tell us a little bit
about what your situation is.
>> I'm really good with technical material,
material that involves some kind of table or graph or chart
or schedule or pattern, routine, whatever, things like that.
However, I'm not so good at socialization,
it's what I've been told, or, or comprehensional material.
>> Does that ring a bell for anybody?
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>> I just wanted to say that I, too,
was always a very technical person,
I mean even as an infant, I was taking things apart,
I was fixated, I was obsessed with everything electrical
and mechanical and as I got older, I got very much into math
and physics and that sort of thing.
And even managed to become an engineer, but the fact is
that many things that most people take
for granted are very difficult for me and in particular, I,
too, had horrendous social difficulties
for much of my life.
>> What we have to recognize sometimes is that we are adults
who have discovered this, for the most part, right in life
and this is a significantly different realism than children
that are just being diagnosed with it at the age
of 4 or 5, such as my son.
>> You know, because --
I mean it was around since World War II, you know, Asperger and,
you know, Germany, you know...
>> Austria.
>> Austria and, and we didn't find
out about [inaudible] American [inaudible] till 1994
and it seems like it's a misunderstood, you know,
little known disorder and it's probably going to take something
where some either politician or some celebrity, like, you know,
Michael Fox with Parkinson, you know, to --
who actually has this to actually get, you know,
the attention and understanding that it, you know,
needs to be [inaudible].
>> Michael, sorry.
>> I want to say something about like referring
to the last meeting about someone speaking who said that,
that we come in and speak that in words,
15% and the rest remaining in body language and, and that...
>> 55% gesture, 37% [inaudible], 8% language,
that's for neuro typicals.
For us, it's 99% language.
>> It's like, it's like I don't, I don't have the skills
of the normal human being, it's like a tradeoff.
>> I want to talk about more interests of mine
that identify [inaudible].
I also, I want to say that I have a very strong passion
for theater and for, for classic movies,
especially musicals, Broadway musicals.
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>> What are we going to talk
about once we finish the initial introductions
to the newcomer [inaudible]?
>> Oklahoma.
>> Ah, I love Oklahoma.
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>> There is truth that people
with Asperger Syndrome can get a little bit more attached
to the television than say the neuro typical kid
who gets a little bit too attached to the television.
I think that, that it's just disproportionate and that's
where the difference lies really.
>> I think television was useful for me because it gave me a way
to cognitively analyze human interaction without the mess
of actually having to go and do the human interaction
so you could look -- you could watch, you know, a serial
or a drama and see the way people interacted
with each other and you could develop rules about how
to extract meaning out of, out of their facial expressions
and their motivations, you know,
and what they were thinking about.
And that was enormously helpful to me.
I identify with all the nonhuman characters
in the Star Trek Series, all the Star Trek franchise,
and especially Commander Data, who I think is as close
to an Asperger character you can get.
He's almost perfect.
>> [inaudible] when I spend as much time watching TV
from the back as I did from the front.
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>> [inaudible] TV was as much
about [inaudible] gray tubes and [inaudible].
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>> I wanted to say what I particularly
like about television or the kind of television or,
or movies I like are ones that involve romance or glamor
or beauty or things that are -- or -- and I like to --
what I like is also sagas, things that develop,
people who change, either they, they learn a huge lesson
or they transform, or they, they, their path changes.
>> Great meeting, guys.
Great meeting.
Everybody knows that we're, we're having a special session
on June 20, so, so just everybody be prepared for that.
That's our sex day and [inaudible].
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>> You know, Nicky, I had a similar crisis to yours back
in 1998 about death and religion, just so you know.
And I'm still -- how long was it, by the way,
until you felt okay again?
What medication did you take?
>> Well, I got on -- first I was on Paxil for a while.
>> Me too.
>> Now I'm on Zoloft and [inaudible].
>> I tried Zoloft but it gave me headaches.
>> Oh.
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>> What are you talking about?
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>> That gentleman needs to read every single book [inaudible],
>> Oh, you're [inaudible].
>> I feel that way about movie stars, like,
I wanted to see everything that was [inaudible].
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>> And I have.
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>> Except for two that are not available.
>> You live in New York?
>> I've seen every [inaudible].
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>> Oh, okay.
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>> I actually took Paxil before.
You know what happened?
I ended up being surprisingly happy and I ended
up loving my father, who I hated.
[inaudible] maybe it's coincidence.
>> Are you okay now, though?
>> No.
>> No? Are you more [inaudible]?
>> I feel like I've had many September 11ths the past few
years of my, of my own.
>> Many of them?
>> Many September 11ths.