#1
How come i never hear of older people with autism, just toddlers. What is autism and what happenswhen a kid grows up that has it.
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I see 3 possibilities...

1) Autism was only invented recently
2) Old people have it, it's just diagnosed as dementia or good ol' being senile
3) Nobody worries about the old people who have it, they only talk about toddlers getting it since it's one of the many medical bandwagons rolling around these days

EDIT: How much older are you talking about? I've heard about plenty of post-toddlers with autism
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Autistic people die around 30 don't they? Or is that for Downs?
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How come i never hear of older people with autism, just toddlers. What is autism and what happenswhen a kid grows up that has it.


There are older people with diagnosed autism, my girlfriend is a carer and works with them. It's actually a fascinating condition so I'd reccomend reading up on it.

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Autistic people die around 30 don't they? Or is that for Downs?


That used to be Downs Syndrome, however they tend to live longer now, a big problem for older Downs Syndrome sufferers is that they tend to have a high risk of dementia
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Reported Autism cases in the US:



That could be why.

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There are older people with diagnosed autism, my girlfriend is a carer and works with them. It's actually a fascinating condition so I'd reccomend reading up on it.


That used to be Downs Syndrome, however they tend to live longer now, a big problem for older Downs Syndrome sufferers is that they tend to have a high risk of dementia

Yes, terribly fascinating. A condition that ruins lives is fascinating.
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Autistic people die around 30 don't they? Or is that for Downs?



the latter...
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Yes, terribly fascinating. A condition that ruins lives is fascinating.


Because we should all just completely ignore anything bad, somebody should probably phone the people researching ways to help and tell them not to bother
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Yes, terribly fascinating. A condition that ruins lives is fascinating.





It can still be fascinating... Doesn't mean he get enjoyment from seeing people with it, he find THE CONDITION interesting, and how it works.
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Because we should all just completely ignore anything bad

But calling it fascinating like a book or a movie? How sensitive of you.
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But calling it fascinating like a book or a movie? How sensitive of you.


What word should I have used?
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But calling it fascinating like a book or a movie? How sensitive of you.


I think schizophrenia is fascinating. Doesn't mean I'm studying the people who suffer from it or trying to analyse them, but I like reading up on the condition. Saying a disease of some sort is fascinating isn't meant to insult, he's merely saying that he is interested in the condition.
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Yes, terribly fascinating. A condition that ruins lives is fascinating.


You've really taken that the wrong way.

Anyway TS, I found this list on Wikipedia of notable people who are thought to have had Autism.

Michael Fitzgerald, of the Department of Child Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin, has speculated about historical figures with autism in numerous journal papers and at least three books: The Genesis of Artistic Creativity: Asperger's Syndrome and the Arts,[4] Unstoppable Brilliance: Irish Geniuses and Asperger's Syndrome[5] and Autism and Creativity, Is there a link between autism in men and exceptional ability?[6]

Fitzgerald speculated the following were autistic in The Genesis of Artistic Creativity:

* Writers – Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, Bruce Chatwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Herman Melville, George Orwell, Jonathan Swift and William Butler Yeats.
* Philosophers – A.J. Ayer, Baruch de Spinoza, Immanuel Kant and Simone Weil.
* Musicians – Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Bob Dylan, Glenn Gould, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Erik Satie.
* Painters – Vincent van Gogh, L.S. Lowry, Jack B. Yeats and Andy Warhol.

Unstoppable Brilliance discusses Daisy Bates, Samuel Beckett, Robert Boyle, Eamon de Valera, Robert Emmet, William Rowan Hamilton, James Joyce, Padraig Pearse and W.B. Yeats.

Autism and Creativity says the following may have been autistic: Lewis Carroll, Eamon de Valera, Sir Keith Joseph, Ramanujan, Ludwig Wittgenstein and W.B. Yeats.

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What word should I have used?

Terrible? Desctructive? Awful? None of these words came to mind first?
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I think we all know what faultyy meant, quit being anuses.
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Terrible? Desctructive? Awful? None of these words came to mind first?


No, to be perfectly honest, as they don't describe my interest in it. I can see what you're saying and completely agree that it is a terrible thing to live with, however I'm not terribled, destructived or awfuled by it
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