Asperger's is a wildly overdiagnosed disorder, in result of doctors unfamiliar with the disorder misdiagnosing children and adults with "normal" autism, or simply have poor social skills.
- Being autistic and "bright" does not mean you have Asperger's Syndrome.
- Being socially awkward does not mean you have Asperger's Syndrome.
- Being a "nerd" does not mean you have Asperger's Syndrome.
- Being a genius does not mean you have Asperger's Syndrome.
Taking an online test or reading about symptoms of Asperger's syndrome online does not qualify you to make an informed, professional diagnosis of a rare neurological disorder. If you truly believe you have Asperger's Syndrome, make an appointment with a well-accredited psychologist, preferably one who specializes in autism or similar neurological disorders, and let them diagnose you.
Being energetic does not mean you have ADHD, and being socially awkward does not mean you have Asperger's Syndrome. Stop claiming to have a rare disorder to explain away why you're unpopular or bad at [insert skill here]. It's stupid, obnoxious, and makes people that actually HAVE the disorder look bad.
Links about Asperger's Syndrome
A Paper on Asperger's from the American Journal of Psychiatry
Papers on Asperger's on SpecialEd.us
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I have ADHD, and and I know a handful of people with Autism and another with ADHD, even though I don't attend a public school system. So, it's not like you have to have a huge social group to find people with it. It's not rare.
It's not really a smart idea to start saying a mental issue if you haven't been confirmed. But, I can't say it doesn't make people who really do have them look bad. If people label a group because of one over-the-top guy, then their opinion isn't worth worrying about.
As good as your intentions were... your attempt to defend people who actually have a disorder were kind of just rude to everyone.
Technically, not having certain skills in combination with having certain other skills WOULD mean one has AS.
Also, someone with AS can be an ASS. Nobody is immune from being an ass, after all.
And, of course, bragging that one might have a mental illness makes one an ASS.
So, I can see where the confusion would arise.
In all seriousness, while diagnosing yourself is the WORST way to handle things, perhaps interest in AS will actually help someone find the information about their particular traits. I would treat it as an unfortunate consequence of the human need to belong, not a bane of society. The trendy nature of certain mental traits is an impressive step forward, and I say this as someone who'd be locked up in an asylum for something the psychiatrists don't even have a name for these days.
I'm a bit confused here as to where you found somewhere that dubs it a "rare" disorder?
Asperger's syndrome is dubbed a "Hidden disability" because you can't tell from a person's outward appearance that they are in fact Asperger's, so it can be highly subtle but that doesn't mean you don't have it. The fact that it's a spectrum disorder means we're probably all on the spectrum somewhere, but a lot of people only have 1 or 2 traits maybe and so are on the bottom part, the "Neurotypical" part- but a lot of people have enough traits to be classified as Aspergers (or slightly Aspergers). The diagnosis for the test is purely a checklist of triats and if you have more than a certain amount than you will be classified as Aspergers and mathematically speaking- the odds of lots of people not scoring enough to qualify as an Aspie is highly improbable. People say it's rarer for females to have it (as Originally Hans Asperger himself believed it to be a disorder only boys had) and on the whole studies have found that to be true to a certain extent but the condition itself isn't really...Though I agree with what you say in that people should not self- diagnose especially if only one or two traits match because it just causes misdiagnosis and later trouble (plus how many people can talk themselves into thinking they have it if they don't?)
Again- I don't intend this to be rude or argumentative, so please don't take it that way.
My psychologist said so.
I have ADHD and I'm messy as hell.
My psychologist said so.
Kinda wish I had a disorder to use as an excuse tbh.
And I'd like to say a big thanks to genetics for giving me none of its benefits (heightened logical thinking, higher than average iq, etc.) and all of the bad ones (no social skills, heightened sense of touch, inflated ego). Love you all!
The systematic oppressions at play (sexism, racism, etc.) affect an Autistic person severely. It doesn’t make one “slightly unwilling”, do not make this into a light matter because it’s not. The impact can range from being told that your experiences aren’t valid, to being diagnosed under an ableist dichotomy (“high-functioning” or “low-functioning”), to being forcefully sterilized, to being put in an institution against your will, to even being killed. The likelihood of these things INCREASES when you factor in race, class, gender, etc.
You say you’re aware that doctors aren’t right 100% of the time, yet you believe the word of a doctor over the word over someone’s first hand experiences. And yes, I will absolutely sit here and tell you that self diagnoses is valid."-bendingthewillow on tumblr via bendingthewillow.tumblr.com/po…
FURTHERMORE. If people don't say that they have aspergers/autism... HOW are they supposed to speak for their rights? Would you rather everyone allow themselves to be unjustly trampled on just so that you can feel that nobody is different from you, and that nobody can make you look bad? Selfish. This whole thing sounds really condescending.
May you live a long life and please educate yourself (⊙‿⊙✿)