What is Asperger Syndrome?
Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder that can affect a person’s daily life. It mainly involves difficulties with social communication and interaction, and those who have it often exhibit “special interests”.
It can also include such things as:
- Interpreting things literally
- Being resistant to change
- Having inflexibility of thought
- Obsessive routines
- Sensory differences
But I thought you looked normal?
Having Asperger Syndrome does not mean I, or my outward behaviour, should not look normal. Not all people who have Asperger Syndrome appear or act differently. There is a spectrum of severity, and some people do not fit in as well as others. Having the same condition, whatever that particular condition is, does not mean people should look the same.
Asperger Syndrome, not autism?
On the spectrum of severity, having Asperger Syndrome used to mean you did not exhibit language difficulties as a child and it hinted that you could be higher functioning, showing less severe difficulties. Then the American Medical Association decided to remove “Asperger Syndrome” from the diagnostic manual, for whatever reason, and it was lumped in with autism.
Personally, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, and I subscribe to this particular name because I believe it better reflects the condition that I have. Others may feel differently.
How has having Asperger Syndrome affected you as an author?
It hasn’t stopped me writing, in fact upon writing for the first time it has been one of my main sources of inspiration, covering my difficulties and past misunderstandings. I’m not the only writer with Asperger Syndrome either; there are at least a few more I know of, and potentially many more than that.