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31 Dec 2010, 9:27 pm

Does anybody else do this? I rock back and forth very often whilst seated and people have commented upon it.



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31 Dec 2010, 9:34 pm

This is very common with autism spectrum and also some mental illness. I do it quite a bit.


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31 Dec 2010, 9:37 pm

That's interesting. Do we know why that is?



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31 Dec 2010, 9:52 pm

martyfan wrote:
Does anybody else do this? I rock and forth very often whilst seated and people have commented upon it.


Yup, do it mainly when I am excited. Also bopping my legs, pacing, whistling/singing/humming.

It relieves emotional and mental tensions, be it positive or negative tension.


Another word for this is 'stimming', meaning stimulating - most people with autism do this as elaborated in the above.


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31 Dec 2010, 10:30 pm

I rock when excited, unable to focus, nervous, after a panic attack.


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31 Dec 2010, 10:33 pm

In general I do it all the time. I have experienced panic attacks also in the past (generally in social situations of something I am uncomfortable with). None the less it's a habit I am compelled to be in mutual agreement with. I've read that it is associated with autism. However I do not understand why.



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31 Dec 2010, 11:21 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f15JexiQt4U[/youtube]

Even Bill Gates does it :lol:
(Debate is open if he falls under the spectrum, but alot points toward this diagnose)


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31 Dec 2010, 11:47 pm

Heh, Bill Gates rocking resembles me A LOT! I start doing it when excited especially at least, people look at you when you do it in public though, basically start doing it and not realizing it.


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01 Jan 2011, 6:51 am

Yes.



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01 Jan 2011, 2:00 pm

Angnix wrote:
Heh, Bill Gates rocking resembles me A LOT! I start doing it when excited especially at least, people look at you when you do it in public though, basically start doing it and not realizing it.


I don't really rock back and forth but I tend to sort of bounce in a chair sometimes. SOMETIMES I rock the chair back and forth, but I don't do it myself IN the chair, normally this calms me down and when I do it for some time I end up forgetting I'm doing it at all.

Wallourdes has probably given the clearest explanation to this, stimming, which I wasn't sure what it meant until I red his post :)
Stimming seems like a good idea to release tension, as Wallourdes said, but if you do it in public people might think you're a bit... odd... Which is never good :(


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01 Jan 2011, 2:09 pm

yep, do it, sometimes from side to side too and when im alone i nod my head also
sometimes it looks like im listening to music :P


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01 Jan 2011, 2:34 pm

Yes, I rock back and forth or side to side, when I'm seated or lying in bed. It's called stimming and it's very common among people on the autism spectrum.

I find it soothing and do it if I'm very excited or very nervous, upset or feeling bad.



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01 Jan 2011, 3:03 pm

My daughter is almost 4 and she does this all the time. She rocks really hard on the couch to calm herself before she goes to bed, to wake herself up in the morning and after naps, when she's excited, when she's coming down off a meltdown and when music is playing. She rocks back on forth on her hands and knees when she's in bed, often when I go to wake her up in the morning, she'll have rocked the whole bed from one side of the room to the other.

Thanks for posting this thread, nice to get some insight from AS adults :)



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01 Jan 2011, 4:00 pm

I do it when I'm really intensely involved with something but not otherwise.


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01 Jan 2011, 4:08 pm

Wallourdes wrote:
Even Bill Gates does it :lol:

It's a shame the original sound wasn't present on that Gates clip because it becomes pretty obvious he's rocking due to the extreme stress of trying to worm his way out of a mass of evidence which ultimately proved his company's dubious and unethical business practices. I don't think that in this context, it is any indication of Asperger's. Just stress. He's not a happy bunny.
(this was from his deposition involving Microsoft's predatory monopolistic activities WRT competing browsers - for which it was found guilty and heavily fined)

[edited to remove a statement which may have caused problems for WP]


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