A few weeks ago my best friend asked me a question, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since.
The question was, “What is it like to have Aspergers?”
So, after a lot of thinking, I’ve decided to write a post on it.
I don’t think I’ve ever actually explained what Aspergers is, so I’ll do that now.
Aspergers is a branch of autism, but is no longer a diagnosis given. Aspergers is like a milder version of autism, but they are very similar. People are always born with Aspergers, you can’t get it when you’re older, and though it gets better, it never actually goes, you just get used to it and find ways to solve problems. It affects people in different ways, but often it affects the ability to make friends and communicate, and creates a sensitivity to loud noises. People deal with problems in different ways, so even though it may look like a person is fine, inside they could be feeling stressed, angry or confused, whilst others start shouting or acting in a way that you an tell what they feel like. Often Aspergers is diagnosed in later years, because it is not as noticeable as other conditions, and sometimes people who are not diagnosed can be seen as dim or disobedient because they haven’t been given the help they may need.
So, in reply, I asked her:”What’s it like not to have Aspergers?”
The thing is, I don’t know what it’s like to have Aspergers, even though I have it. You’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind, but I honestly don’t know. I know from things I’ve read that some of what I do and think is down to my Aspergers, but because I was born with Aspergers, I don’t actually know what ‘normal’ is.