Introduction

Welcome to my Website on Asperger’s Syndrome. This website is an attempt to give someone an idea of what it is like to have Asperger’s Syndrome. My name is Derek, and it was on the 29th August 2009, that I got a formal diagnosis, specifically that I meet the criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome DSM IV. Prior to that, I was fairly sure I had the condition since being informed that such a condition existed. I usually refer to the condition simply as “AS”. In today’s busy lifestyle anything is fair game for getting abbreviated, and Asperger’s Syndrome is no exception.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder, which is considered to be part of the “Autism spectrum”. A milder, but high-functioning form of Autism, it is characterised by reduced social interaction and oral communication skills, being less able to understand others’ feelings and emotions, although someone with AS would show no significant delay in acquiring language skills, and would generally have average to above-average intelligence.

As a child, my parents were told that although I was not full-blown autistic, I did have autistic tendencies. This diagnosis was made in the mid-1970s. It should also be said, at that time there wasn’t quite as good an understanding about the various Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) as there is now. In 2001, a former teacher of mine (who is now retired) from a special school where I spent a few years of my childhood, visited my parents and said to them that I may have Asperger’s Syndrome. Having read some articles on AS, from the Internet, it became evident that many of the characteristics that were mentioned, related to me.

I have also come across some accounts of other people affected by AS, much of whose characteristics they described, and with which I would identify to a certain extent.

Therefore, I am not the first person with the condition to share my story, and I am fairly sure that I won’t be the last.

Having had another look at the condition, I would be inclined to form an opinion that Asperger’s Syndrome should be looked on not as a disease, but as a personality.

By sharing my story, I hope to be helping both those with the condition and psychologists alike.

You’re probably wondering what’s with the symbol of two concentric ellipses, with seven discs on the outer ellipse. Read on, and you’ll find out why.

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