Aspergers is common. I’m not sure it should be classed with Autism.
Asperger’s is hereditary. It runs in my family.
It is both a blessing and a curse.
Aspergers was removed as a stand-alone item and rolled into “the spectrum”. That just happened (this year, I believe).
In our case, I might have though our boy had Aspergers, since he is “high functioning” - but - the only problem is that he doesn’t speak and that one item doesn’t fit into Aspergers.
It certainly does run in families. My husband’s and mine. Youngest son was diagnosed with Aspergers in elementary school though he didn’t have all of the symptoms normally seen in these kids. He always looks people right in the eye and has a good sense of humor.
A lot of the things he used to do that caused the diagnosis he seems to have out-grown.
I agree on all three accounts. 4 generations in my husband's family (including him and our oldest son). None of them know, they just know that is some ways, they aren't like other people, and that they don't like to be around people much. Our oldest son just became a father in February, and I will be watching to see that little guy has Asperger's.
They have their quirks, to be sure - but then, we all do. But they are marvelous. loyal, trustworthy people with often great insight into others.
I am also highly involved in a biblical ministry to adults with special needs and although there are some similar characteristics, Asperger's is not autism.
You will begin to see the percentage of those having autism increase even more rapidly because Asperger's.
I’m interested in your comment that Asperger’s is “Botha blessing and a curse.” In what ways is it a blessing?
I ask because I’ve come to realize that my dear friend must have a mild form of Asperger’s, which has negatively affected her personal and professional lives and has left her quite unhappy as a result, despite her bright mind and many talents. She is clueless socially and terribly disorganized. I’d like to hear about the blessings.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
In order to be diagnosed with a mental disorder, the patient must be tested by a qualified psychological examiner. A family doctor might suspect a mental disorder, but cannot give a legal diagnosis of a mental disorder. Also, one symptom included in a mental disorder cannot be used to make a diagnosis as there are a number of qualifiers (symptoms) required before a diagnosis can be given.
People are different. We can say most people react this way to x but we cant say a person who doesnt act that way, is defective (however some are labeled anyway). Some people are outside that norm, and highly intelligent people is one group who frequently are outside the norm. These people tend to have an IQ of over 130. They are usually in the 99 percentile which would be in the area of 140 IQ and up. That means they are smarter than 99 people out of 100. That means one person out of 100 would be able to well follow and understand that brilliant person. As a result, people would tend to not include that brilliant person in their group of friends and that tends to isolate the brilliant person. If we slapped a label on this brilliant person due to his/her lack of social interaction, we would be wrong. The group of people are the ones who isolated the brilliant person, the brilliant person did not intentionally isolate him/herself.
Why a brilliant person sometimes, or most of the time, intentionally socially isolates him/herself:
This person thinks at a very high level and his/her brain likely is always working on problems and solutions to problems, creating diagrams, building objects, working on changing how something works, creating poetry, developing and studying intense math problems, figuring out how one chemical reacts with another chemical, etc.. This interests this person so much, they keep working mentally and physically most of the time. This work is not work to them it is their relaxation and their joy to create. They are marvelously different than others. We have a tendency to label someone as weird if he/she doesnt fit into the mainstream. So, we develop a label and stick it on that person for being different. These different people have enriched our world with great accomplishments.
Here is a list of some people suspected to have Aspergers (Aspergers no longer exists in the DSM V, so these people would now be suspected of having the new label of Autism Spectrum Disorder). As you read these names, consider what they have in common: Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin, Carl Jung, Emily Dickinson, George Bernard Shaw, George Washington, Henry Ford, Henry Thoreau, Isaac Newton, Jane Austen, Ludwig van Beethoven, Mark Twain, Michelangelo, Richard Strauss, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, Vincent Van Gogh, Alfred Hitchcock, Hans Asperger (Austrian pediatric doctor after whom Aspergers Syndrome is named), Isaac Asimov.
These brilliant people were intensely concentrating on solving problems and creating, and how they did create! But, hey, they were different and missed social gatherings, likely had few friends except those who understood what they were doing. They could not relate to the vast group of normal people because they were different. I suspect normal people stayed away from them on purpose, too. If all they were going to talk about was some weird thing like a light in a bulb instead of an oil lamp or gas light, who would want to be around that? And, what about why something falls down instead of going up stay away from that nut case, Isaac Newton.
Who wants to visit that nut case woman who constantly write words that rhyme Im not having tea with Jane Austen, cause she is touched in the head. There is a guy who lives in the next block, and all he does is write math numbers and weird signs on the wall Albert Einstein needs to be put in a mental hospital and Im staying away from him.
I know a few brilliant people who are different and at least one has been suspected of having Aspergers. He doesnt.
Ill post this and post more, zeroing in specifically on what it takes to get an Autism Spectrum Disorder label. Well look at the actual symptoms a person must have before getting that label.
Just remember, because some people are different does not mean they are defective.