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This is a thread in which we argue about the true prevalence of Asperger’s Syndrome
Asperger syndrome (pronounced /ˈasˌpərgɘr ˌsɪndrəʊm/ in the U.S., /ˈasˌpəːgɘ/ in Britain; also called Asperger's syndrome, Asperger's disorder, Asperger's or AS) is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted, stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities. AS is distinguished from the other ASDs in having no general delay in language or cognitive development. Although not mentioned in standard diagnostic criteria, motor clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.
Personal Accounts of my bought with Aspergers:
My entire life, my mother was told by many people that I have ADD, but for some reason Ritalin did nothing for me. To say that I had problems in school socially would be an understatement. I have always had problems carrying on conversations, understanding mannerisms (more specifically body langauge), and looking people in the eyes when speaking (even if it was 1 on 1). All of the aforementioned social ineptitudes combined made me a very easy target for bullies.
Many people with Aspergers also tend to have heightened vision and hearing; I am no exception. My vision is 20/15 and loud noises, well...I don't like them. I also have an intense shiver that will last 1-3 seconds at least once a day. There are a bunch of things that trigger it from rain falling on me to someone brushing up against me. Sometimes it just happens without any warning. I do however exert slight control over the outbursts.
What this thread is really about:
As the title suggests, lets talk about Aspergers. Is there anyone you know that has it? Do you have it? How are either people you know or you yourself dealing with this? If you had this and they came out with a cure, would you take it?
I'll start us off with the way I dealt with/deal with it now:
After I graduated HS, I had to go out and find a job. Having no experience with anything substantial prior, I started in retail. While helping customers and just talking to people I began to gain a limited understanding of how to carry on a decent conversation, what mannerisms and overall body langauge meant (folded arms meant defensive posture, etc.), and how strike up a conversation with a total stranger without worry. I think it also helped that I wasn't diagnosed with this until I was 24 so I had no idea that I was combating this; I just thought that I was socially inept.
My apologies if I made this OP sound like a LiveJournal entry. I suck at making OPs.