Signs of Asperger Syndrome
I mentioned some time back about having been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. People thought I was depressed so I went to see a doctor, who sent me to a psychologist, and it turned out I wasn’t depressed I was actually autistic.
So anyway, I’ve been learning more about it. Here are some of the common signs of Aspergers:
- Problems socialising
- Difficulty in communicating
- Normally withdraw around others
All a definite check for me. I hate going out to places like pubs and clubs. I hate having lots of friends and relatives over at once… my head just can’t handle all the white noise and I end up shrunk in a corner listening to the bubbles in my drink and wondering if it would be too impolite to leave yet.
- Limitations in imagination and creative play
Not so much for me I feel. I did always used to play make believe games as a kid and until I was really far too old to keep doing it. And when I’m withdrawn I tend to be retreating into my own little worlds. But it’s a spectrum, so let’s see what else…
- Special knowledgeable interests
- Repetitive interests or behavior
When I become interested in a thing I tend to become very absorbed in finding out everything about it. After a while I usually move on to another thing, although some stuff recurs a lot. Usually anything science related will hook me for quite a while, but I become interested in lots of other things as well, like folklore and mythology and the paranormal, or ancient history.
- Dislike any change in routines
I suppose. I remember when my work changed offices. It basically just moved down the road, but… I didn’t like it. I’d just gotten used to buzzy things and the elevators at the old place, and now there’s a new place and secretary I have to talk to…
- Appear to lack empathy
This is most likely true of me. I’m not good at all at showing how I really feel about anything. I know when other people are sad or angry around me, but I just don’t know what to do about it so I tend to just be quiet. That sometimes helps.
- Have unusual facial expressions or postures
Maybe. I don’t know. People tend to comment on me being too laid back as I tend to really slouch when I sit. Really slide back into that chair.
- Have delayed motor development
Yeah, I was terrible at sport when I was young. Even catching things I wasn’t very good at. But I suddenly got a lot better in my teens.