I have Asperger Syndrome
Asperger Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. It is diagnosed on the basis of impairments in social interaction and non‐verbal communication, and restricted patterns of behaviour and interests. Although it is a developmental disorder, originating in childhood, I had not heard of it until 2001 when I was in my 50s, and I did not seek a diagnosis until 2013.
As well as the impairments on which diagnosis is based, people with Asperger Syndrome often have other related difficulties (“co‐morbidities”). In childhood, my main related difficulties were anxiety and tactile defensiveness. In adulthood, my main related difficulties have been depression and executive dysfunction. In addition I have a number of perceptual abnormalities, and some motor clumsiness, but I don’t think these have greatly affected the way I live.
Those with Asperger Syndrome commonly have special strengths as well as weaknesses. In my case, I believe that the same neural abnormalities that gave me the impairments of Asperger Syndrome have given me an advantage in academic ability, especially in mathematics and the physical sciences, and in musical aptitude.
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