Quora Answers: Autism Spectrum Disorder


Colton and me, before the darkness.

Do Children With Autism Really Live In Their Own World?


My son certainly lives in his own world.

He is co-morbid, meaning he was diagnosed with more than one disorder.

He has Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, a sleeping disorder, and an anxiety disorder.

He was also recently diagnosed with Complex-PTSD from Narcissistic Abuse, thanks to his father, my Malignant Narc ex-husband.

His world is unique to him, of course.

He just turned 14, but remains emotionally immature, like that of a much younger child.

In some ways, though, he seems to have a very old soul.

He’s also a genius.

He was tested at school. The school board psychologist told me at an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting that my son was smarter than anybody in that room.

That none of us could even begin to comprehend his level of intelligence.

Being so intelligent, as well as an Aspy, makes it hard for him to make friends.

People have trouble relating to him. And he has trouble relating to other people.

So, he stays to himself.

He prefers to confine himself to his bedroom, where he can battle his demons his own way.

He also talks to himself almost constantly.

To be sure, he talks to whatever his imagination has conjured up.

And he plays a lot of video games.

He also keeps his room dark now, something that he started doing about two years ago.

That’s also when I started to suspect that he’d been sexually abused.

Since then, he has retreated more and more into his own world.

A world that I’m not allowed to enter. A world that no one is allowed to enter.

He calls it The Dark Abyss.


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