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Postby abi » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:50 pm

is it a dyspraxic trait to obsess over 1 theme or thing for a while? i mean like days, not months or years, i know most people do it to some extent, but i seem to do it a lot worse than my (normie(ish)) friends.
like right now, i am kinda obsessing about rememberance and war, i have tim mcgraw's if your reading this on, and i have that poem i wrote (can be found in the creative section if you really want to see it, but its not that good) going round in my head, and my pointless doodles seem to centre around war too.
the way i see it, dyspraxia is an extra hurdle in every race i run, but that extra hurdle, is just extra exercise, so in the end, i will come through stronger.
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Re: obsessing

Postby MontyDyspraxia » Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:53 pm

I think it is, yeah. I've been obsessing over stuff for years. Right now I am obsessed with Drop Dead Fred and Rik Mayall :P I grew up with Rik in the 1995 animated version of Wind in the Willows but this is the first time I've ever seen him...as sexy :lol: I mean, he's fifty two. I go for men his age anyway :P
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Re: obsessing

Postby Super Nekou » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:34 pm

Oh hell yeah, this has been concurrent throughout my life. Dinosaurs and castles as a child, Pokemon, Harry Potter..god knows what else as a teen. Currently I'm obsessing over Doctor Who, collecting figures of everything I like, Doctor Who...etc. Last year it was Fallout and I can still tell you pointless facts related to that series.
Actually, to be a little more helpful, I think this might have more to do with an autism overlap, as I believe they focus on their interests heavily. Hopefully someone else can clarify that for you.
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Re: obsessing

Postby parnassus » Wed Jul 21, 2010 2:54 pm

Lots of people have things that catch their interest for a day or two, but then they move on. Everybody has different degrees of curiosity, and it could be that you just have a more enquiring mind than most.

I don't think it's the same as being obsessional about something, as autistic fascinations exist for longer than a few days and they tend to be quite specific in nature, involving lots of repetitive behaviour (e.g. writing lists, memorising facts mechanically, etc.). They also have a serious impact on your social skills. When my obsessions are bad I can't really talk about anything else. I try, but I invariably end up trying to turn the conversation back to my own subject. It's hard to help it.
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Re: obsessing

Postby Creative » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:26 pm

When I was younger I used to talk about my obsessions all the time and I didn't realise if it was inarropriate or the wrong time to discuss them. I don't do this any more and keep any obsssions to myself.
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Re: obsessing

Postby Alice » Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:39 pm

The majority of my obsessions are 1-4 years in duration, sometimes longer, but I don't think many of them are intense enough to be linked to the autistic spectrum.
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