An authority on Aspergers, on the spectrum herself, offers her insights on how the obsessions and compulsions (OCD) in people with autism affects the way they relate to the social media.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
Most people who identify with being on the autism spectrum (Autism Spectrum Disorder/ASD) have challenges with OCD-like behaviors or have been diagnosed with OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can also be triggered through childhood or adult trauma. A double-whammy for many on the spectrum, who have undergone repeated trauma in their lifetime. Impulse control and intrusive thoughts are part of the OCD condition. For some, who are autistic/Aspergerian, the impulse to check the status of a particular event and/or object (cellular phone battery, petrol level in vehicle) and to evaluate statistics (weather patterns, stock market, email notifications) can become a daily preoccupation. Amongst other things, repeatedly checking things and compulsively counting…
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