There’s No Wrong Way to Eat Diseases

Asperger syndrome has been hypothesized as existing on the OCD spectrum? Say whaaaaat, Wikipedia?!

Well, I guess it’s not that far-fetched. I was thinking about how it seems OCD and Tourette’s awareness both have the same color associated with them (teal) and happened to come across this. Maybe I’ll meet someone with autism and we’ll say:

“Hey, you got your autism on my OCD!”
“You got your OCD in my autism!”
“Two great disorders that taste great together.”

There’s no wrong way to be mentally ill/developmentally disabled!

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“The Spectrum”

Usually when people talk about “the spectrum”, what they mean is “the autism spectrum” — but that’s not the only spectrum there is.

There is an obsessive-compulsive spectrum, a tic spectrum, a schizophrenia spectrum, and probably others I don’t know about yet. The interesting thing is that sometimes, even though these are separate spectrums, at times they seem to overlap.

For example; the “magical thinking” part of OCD resembles the “something special is meant for me” feeling characteristic of schizophrenia. It is often difficult to differentiate between tics and compulsions, thus blurring the OCD/tic spectrum. And, as far as autism, many people with OCD, tics, or schizophrenia feel a hint of the social difficulties and withdrawal that autistics have. Autistics also engage in repetitive/arranging behaviors, but for different motivational reasons than those with OC disorders.

I believe most psychological disorders (and maybe even some developmental ones) are an exaggeration of what is, in moderation, a normal and beneficial trait. So, perhaps it’s not so surprising that in way, they may all be connected.