I've mentioned that I have it a few times, but I don't think too many people actually seem to know what is is, so I, someone with Asperger's Syndrome, will clear up a few things:
Aperger's Syndrome is a disorder of the Autistic Spectrum, named after Hans Asperger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Asp…
, which can be recognized by several things:
A limited empathic response (Which can include not recognising some emotions)
Repetitive interests & Behaviour (i.e. only liking a few things but being REALLY big fans of said things, eating only certain meals, following a personal schedule and becoming unhappy when said schedule gets interrupted)
Language Issues (i.e. taking things literally, talking about only what they want to talk about, not recognizing humor, irony, or teasing)
Strong Visual/Audio memory (i.e the ability to recognize changes in patterns in images)
Now, before I write out my own personal experience, I wanna clear up something first:
Asperger's Syndrome & Autism is NOT
caused by flu shots!! Anyone who thinks something like that is
Anyway, I DO have this Syndrome, and while I am high functioning, I still exhibit the symptoms and have trouble dealing with them.
For example: My daily schedule is essentially this: Get up, eat, take a shower, do home school, take a break, eat, resume home school for a few hours, go online, chat/RP with friends or other recreational things, eat dinner, work on my stories a bit, go for an hour long walk (Which I do in sections), and go to bed.
I am usually strict about this schedule, and if something were to interrupt it in a way I don't like, for instance say... someone coming over for a few hours, I get distressed.
I may seem like I do alright when I chat online, but I have trouble when I'm actually face-to-face with someone.
I also have an interesting ability, which I call Useless Memory: I can remember almost any pointless fact from a pop culture subject that I like. For example: I remember the lyrics to every song in The Nightmare Before Christmas
. And no, people with Asperger's Syndrome are not super human, we just have good memory. It's connected to the Visual/Audio memory thing, in case you wanted to know why I brought this up.
Now, I personally don't have this, but a lot of people have the ability to do any math problem in their heads quickly, like living calculators. I wish I had this though, cause I hate math.EDIT:
Some scientists, like Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci are believed to have had Asperger's Syndrome.
Well, that's... pretty much all I can think of. And if I had anything else I wanted to add, I could either update this entry or write a new one.
Oh, and here's a film you can watch if you want to see how someone with Asperger's Syndrome would act: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_%28…
And if one of my watchers happens to have Asperger's Syndrome, feel free to leave a comment.