God, this is like reading about my own life. (and yes I realise the irony of an internet user saying that) How can you tell the difference between someone with Aspergers Syndrome and the average socially inept geek?
- The critical difference is "Significant Impairment". It's a judgment call, but when they diagnose you, they're basically trying to figure out whether you are having serious problems due to your autistic traits, or whether they are just run-of-the-mill weaknesses you won't need help to work around.
: It's hard to explain. But these days most err on the side of caution and only accept an official diagnosis, this troper included (and why yes, I have AS).
I gotta say, this page was pretty much necessary, and seems to cover all of the bases. Though I'm wondering if I should add a 'common misconceptions' part to combat the... well, common misconceptions. One that comes to mind is 'no sense of humour'... most Aspies find that funny. In fact most of us have quite a sense of humour, though it often has some particular quirks. We love absurdism for some reason.
Uh, who removed the paragraph on the bottom of the page, pointing out that only some 'aspies' are obsessive over 'who truly has aspergers' and 'fakers'.
- Is it a bad thing to only write here because I want to compliment the author of the article? I have Aspergers myself and have never seen a better describition of it in my whole life! Although, we should probably add that there a lot of Aspies who are offenended by the term "disorder" being used for their condition (As for me, I'm not really sure if it should be called a disorder or not. I don't feel like anything was "wrong" with me, although many people probably see that differently.)
Not at all, I also have AS (diagnosed, didn't even know what it was before being so), and I totally agree. This is describes it far better from the human perspective than any article I've ever read (save one in Wired Magazine). Personally, I'm probably going to refer to this page specifically whenever I try to explain it.
: Could this be expanded to include other things in the spectrum? I have PDD-NOS because I had autism before but then I learned how to speak fluently.
: Well, make sure it's neatly done, this page is starting to get a bit bloated and messy. Maybe we could use a whole 'Mental Health' Useful Notes section.
Non-registered guest here. I also want to add this is a well-done article. The debunking of popular misconceptions is especially important. To Meikyu: personally, I don't find "disorder" nearly as offensive as "disease" but I prefer "disability."
Would it makes sense to add a note that just because lots of people without diagnoses self-diagnose themselves when they don't necessarily have Aspergers, doesn't mean that you should assume anyone on the internet who says they have it is faking it? I don't know if that's a popular misconception, but it seems like it could potentially become one.
- Meikyu Butterfly: Personally, I prefer calling it simply a "difference", since "disability" is often (wrongly) only associated with people who are physically handicaped in some way or the other. But "difference" doesn't accurately describe it either... It's just very hard to describe, which is why this article is so great. Yeah, we should probably add something along the lines of what you described, because telling a person with Aspergers that he's merely faking it can be a pretty extreme Berserk Button. People should be warned.
Assistant: Should this article be edited to include something on This
poptart_fairy: People, you have Aspergers, that's fantastic. Great. Good for you. Now please stop adding such declarations to the main article. ;/