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I'm actually going to answer this at face value, hoping I don't piss of ALL the female aspies. What does AS look like in girls:

Moody and kind of domineering. Unable to deal with change. Generally highly intelligent. More likely to have obsessions that deal with language or the humanities than are men, who are more into machines and parts of objects. Often sort of seem to vacillate between being kind of childlike and being really, really self-possessed. Poor impulse control. Often either a lot of sexual partners, without being terribly conflicted about it in a self-esteem sort of way, or very few, very close sexual partners, or near asexuality. Not a lot of "dating," though, in the way most people seem to do it.

It can be really hard to separate the PTSD from adult female aspies from the actual symptoms of AS, so some manifest symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (I don't, but I've seen it). Bipolar is another common mis- or co-diagnosis (again, not me, but I've seen it a LOT.)
I just wanted to tell you that this fit me totally. Unbelievably and completely. I was also mis-diagnosed as Bipolar, Borderline Personality, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Panic and Anxiety Disorder with Agoraphobia. The only dx that seems to hold true after my Asperger diagnosis a few months ago (at age 29) is OCD.

My oldest daughter age 9 has traits of Asperger's and OCD, but no dx. She tests gifted. My 4 yo dd has Asperger's. My dh has a dx of Bipolar, ADD, and as a child dx'd childhood schizophrenic. We know now he is un dx's Aspie and not schizophrenic.
 

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I would like to add that the most common manifestation I have witnessed is curebie moms, sadly enough.

Autism is genetic, asperger's is autism. It doesn't just come from nowhere. I always find it ironic when you meet a mom who is very detailed and *especially interested* (read: Obsessed) in "correcting" stims, choosing the exact perfect therapies, suppliments, completly controlled diet, often germaphobic with the jugs of hand sanitizers everywhere, with very structured, over-planned therapy-centric lifestyles with every-single-hour of every day planned.

I have literally seen detailed descriptions in the exact methodic, technical, analytical detailed lists of the perfect way to "cure" autism. It is actually quite amusing if you can step back for a minute and look at a curebie in an *obsessive interest* perspective.

(I am not saying that all of these things are bad or whatever, but it should be recognized that all-encompassing analytical approaches when taken to this degree are not "neuro-typical")
YES! I have thought about that before. When I get obsessional about a topic (and I do. LOL) especially since looking at Asperger's and reading as much as I can, researching, finding others to talk to, learning learning learning about Autism! Where I am not set on "curing" I know there are others that are, and that same approach is used. Every moment they exist and breathe are "cure autism" much the same way my every moment is "learn more about autism."
 
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