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Old 01-28-2017, 09:06 AM   #93
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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a classification of neurological conditions, related to the structure of the human brain, and is therefore a legitimate medical condition that can be diagnosed, but, because it involves the structure of the brain, it cannot and will not be "cured." ASD is also an umbrella term for five sub-conditions, formerly referred to as "Autism," "Asperger's Syndrome," "Disintegrative Childhood Disorder," "Rett Syndrome" and "Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified." Because all of these conditions are so similar, and draw their symptoms from the same overall pool, the current consensus is that these conditions should no longer be separated, which is why they're often referred to as "Autism Spectrum Disorder" or "ASD."

Now, the reason why I say that ASD has a "pool" of symptoms, is that the symptoms of ASD can actually be contrary to each other, from being unable to comprehend the emotions of others, to being overly-sympathetic to others' emotions. For this reason, it's impossible for anyone to have *all* of the symptoms in the ASD pool, though some will have more than others, and some with have some symptoms more strongly than others do.

The link between ASD and sexuality is not at all well understood, but we do know that there is a correlation between ASD and non-standard feelings of attraction. Some feel attraction very early, some very late, some not at all, some to things that others can't appreciate, etc, and that's where the FA link comes in.

Now, it's possible that some of those with ASD have something in their brains, which forces them to react only or mainly to certain stimuli as attractive. It's also possible that many more people have these feelings, but that those with ASD, already being social outcasts in other areas, are less concerned with the social ramifications of expressing this aspect of themselves openly. We don't know what the precise link is yet, because the human brain is still strange and uncharted to a large degree.

So there you go. Ultimately, the answer is... there is a connection, but we don't really know what it is yet.
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