Part 9 – My Adventure Into Aspergers – What To Do??

This is Part 9 of 10 of My Venture Into Asperger’s.  This post is primarily about my what should I do with my new found knowledge.

After about two months of studies I am convinced that I exhibit in some degree Asperger’s Syndrome characteristics. That conclusion brings up the question “Now What??” What do I do with this new found information?  I am seventy year old today, do I really need any professional pronouncement of its validity?

There is no cure for Aspergers as it is not a disease but instead neurological traits. One of the books I read during this study was from a noted doctor in the field. Of course he said if you think you have Aspergers then you must get a professional diagnosis. Since I question everything I think that opinion might be a little biased. If I were a teenager  I might see some wisdom in this recommendation as it would have probably helped me with some coping mechanisms and would have made my life a little easier. But now that I am winding down my time on this earth what would be the benefit?  I have come to the conclusion that a professional diagnosis would do me no good except to put a final seal on it and I personally don’t really need that validation.

2016-10-09_11-06-54Early on I  talked about the Aspie Quiz I took that pointed me toward a self diagnosis. As shown on the right the professionals say this is simply a screening tool and should not be used as a diagnosis and that is probably true in some, maybe most, cases.  I know I have  unnecessarily faced some hardships in my life because of some Aspergers traits Some of my social interactions could probably been improved if I had discovered that most other didn’t think the same thing as I did.

Aspergers, at least to me in this stage of my life, is not something I need fixed. It has become part and parcel of my basic personality and true self.  So, in some maybe many ways I tend to celebrate these characteristics rather than think they need fixing.

Since I have learned so much about this topic it will likely continue on past this series and probably be a part of what it means to hang out at RJsCorner.  More on that in the last post of this series.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Part 9 – My Adventure Into Aspergers – What To Do??

  • I agree with you 100%. My boyfriend is 54 and has a overwhelming need to be alone, a routine he sticks with no matter what, sensitivity to lights smells textures of food and sounds. He blows up if anything is out of routine. He doesn’t get anything that isnt direct. Like sarcasm or a joke. He only is interested in science and finances. I lnow he has it but we don’t see the need for diagnosis. It won’t change anything.

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    • THanks for the thoughts Patty. Yeah it sounds like a classic case to me too. I don’t have it as deeply as your boyfriend. Like you say diagnosis is really not needed but I do hope he is learning some coping mechanisms so as not to make your life too difficult.

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  • Coping has been hard but he has managed well by staying in his routine. It gives him a sense of peace and lessons the anxiety.

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