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Re: Assessment of Asperger -Thanks Caroline IsoM Dinah

Posted by IsoM on December 23, 2001, at 1:23:34

In reply to Re: Assessment of Asperger -Thanks Caroline IsoM, posted by Dinah on December 22, 2001, at 17:24:13

Dianh, you say "It doesn't look like a bad thing though, just different."
I'm so glad you said that - I consider it the right way to look at it. My son doesn't mind having Asperger now that he knows what it is. I also have certain Asperger-type qualities but have no problems being around people. I really like it but can get overstimulated very easy.

So many Asperger qualities are wonderful to have & my son said he feels sorry for those who have difficulties with things that's a breeze for him. The only thing that bothers him is his desire to find a soul-mate & his difficulty to connect that way.

If you do find that you are diagnosed with Asperger (or even if you're just different), celebrate the differences with pride & not shame! Society needs to learn that sameness is not necessarily desirable.

> Thanks for all the information.
> I did an internet search and the many of the criteria did look familiar, especially in the more informal descriptions. My husband recognized me in the descriptions as well. The overformal language and concern with precision in language, the social problems (I've been practicing smiling and greeting people), the rocking, the overstimulation, even what I call my "enthusiasms" were all described. It doesn't look like a bad thing though, just different.
> I will definitely do more research on this and bring it up with my doctor next time I see him, if I have the courage. When you read the description of something, it's all too easy to think you have it. And there does seem to be some overlap with OCD and especially schizotypal personality disorder in the criteria.
> Thanks again.
> Dinah




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