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this is a fun thread but it feels kind of strange to me. why do people want to "diagnose" others in this manner. what is to be gotten from this? what is it you like about hearing this about celebrities. not saying there's anything wrong. i just don't "get it" and never have really understood all those lists about famous people who might have/had various conditions and or disorders. just genuinely curious.
To me it's just a matter of saying, "Hey, world, this person is/was successful and they are/were/might be on the autism spectrum. Don't pity my child because he is autistic." Not that the common view here at Mothering is necessarily one of pity. I just wanted to start a fun thread about autism. Of course, I cannot actually diagnose someone, especially someone I don't even know!
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that makes sense.
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To me it's just a matter of saying, "Hey, world, this person is/was successful and they are/were/might be on the autism spectrum. Don't pity my child because he is autistic." Not that the common view here at Mothering is necessarily one of pity. I just wanted to start a fun thread about autism. Of course, I cannot actually diagnose someone, especially someone I don't even know!
yeah, and also that autistic behavior, in a way, can be looked at as "relative", kwim?
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Spencer Shay from iCarly. I LOVE iCarly and it's mostly because of Spencer. I also follow Jerry Trainor on twitter. (He's the actor that plays Spencer.)

I am glad that I am not the only adult to like that show (and yes it is because of Spence and his very cool socks)
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One more and I think I am through: Chance the Gardner (Peter Sellers character in Being There. I have not actually seen the entire movie, so this could be way off base.)
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I am glad that I am not the only adult to like that show (and yes it is because of Spence and his very cool socks)
Thank God! I thought I was going to be one of a very few adults to like it.

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I can't believe I forgot these characers as they are in my all time favorite books:

Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series

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One more and I think I am through: Chance the Gardner (Peter Sellers character in Being There. I have not actually seen the entire movie, so this could be way off base.)
Yep, and I wonder if Peter Sellers himself was?
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One more and I think I am through: Chance the Gardner (Peter Sellers character in Being There. I have not actually seen the entire movie, so this could be way off base.)
Chauncey Gardener, oh yes, maybe. I like him.
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ooh, I love this thread. I was going to say johnny depp, too. He's an awkward, geeky dream boat.
Sigh.
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i just saw david byrne's myspace page and it says that he does have an asperger's diagnosis

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So I have been watching "The Girls Next Door" and hugh Heffner seems pretty aspergian to me too. He is extremely into routines.

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Robin Williams would be a strong candidate.

Jim Carrey at least has ADD/ADHD.

I've often thought after seeing any performance from these two very talented and very funny comedians that they are somewhere on the spectrum.
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I don't know about on the spectrum, but Tom Cruise, Whoopi Goldberg, and Keanu Reeves are dx dyslexic.

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Jamie from Mythbusters.He always has to have the clean white shirt,everything has to be clean and organized and is so serious.Adam is defiantly ADHD.We that show,ds is a huge fan.

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I just recently heard that Robin Williams battles with depression.
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this is a fun thread but it feels kind of strange to me. why do people want to "diagnose" others in this manner. what is to be gotten from this? what is it you like about hearing this about celebrities. not saying there's anything wrong. i just don't "get it" and never have really understood all those lists about famous people who might have/had various conditions and or disorders. just genuinely curious.
The same reason I like to look at lists of intact celebrities.

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I can't believe I forgot these characers as they are in my all time favorite books:

Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series
Hmmm, I wouldn't have thought Neville, so much, but that's just me. Luna for sure though.

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Hmmm, I wouldn't have thought Neville, so much, but that's just me. Luna for sure though.
Neville is way less quirky than Luna but I see a lot of social difficulties for him. i don't know if that is because he has a sense of worthlessness instilled by his G-ma or if it is a spectrum thing, or both. i also visualize Neville as having difficulty with eye contact, perhaps it was just something I inferred or assumed, but that's just the way I always pictured him.Couple that with his serious obsession with plants and that kind of sealed it for me. Neville really reminds me of my DS 1. Who knows, maybe Neville is only autistic in my mind, LOL!!!!

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Speaking of Harry Potter, what about the boy that runs around taking pictures of people all the time?
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On the Johnny Depp thread...

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One more and I think I am through: Chance the Gardner (Peter Sellers character in Being There. I have not actually seen the entire movie, so this could be way off base.)
Definitely!

Hmmm.... Alan Greenspan.

Anne Tyler is at the very least SPD, and so are most of her characters (Jeremy, the protagonist of "Celestial Navigation" is clearly classically autistic).

Ada McGrath (protagonist of "The Piano").

I'll think of some more later.

Oh, and both Pinky and The Brain.
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Oh, and both Pinky and The Brain.
Oh, definitely!

A friend of ours used to quote Pinky & The Brain endlessly. It was hysterical! (Hmm. He may have been on the spectrum, also.) I've forgotten most of them, but my brother had this one as his yahoo IM message for awhile:

Brain: Brilliant, Pinky! Oh, no, wait. What if we want to use a plan that works?

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I just recently heard that Robin Williams battles with depression.
I read somewhere that he actually has bipolar disorder. Oftentimes ADHD goes along with Bipolar....and ADHD can look like autism in some people......

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Ada McGrath (protagonist of "The Piano").
I was just recently thinking of this character, but it has been so long since I have seen this movie that I could only remember that Ada didn't talk.
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Speaking of Harry Potter, what about the boy that runs around taking pictures of people all the time?
That's Collin Creevy. I haven't really seen enough of him in either the movies or the books to come to a conclusion about him, but he might be on the spectrum.
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