Diagnosis

June 25, 2009 at 11:08 am | Posted in Treatment | 7 Comments
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Suddenly you (and maybe others) will see the light.

Mixed feelings will arise when you’re first told you have Asperger syndrome.

Shock and fear will jockey for first place. Sadness and dismay will comprise the second wave. Despair and resignation will come third.

All this may occur even though you don’t actually know what Asperger syndrome is.

Once you look it up, however, and read the list of symptoms, a massive light globe will flash above your head.

Suddenly you’ll realise that all along, there was a reason for your years of confusion, awkwardness, difficulty and isolation.

This profound feeling of ‘relief’ (for want of a better word) will last several days.

A few weeks into your new awareness, depending how much you read, you may conceive a new way of thinking. Instead of focussing on your ‘disability’, you’ll realise you have special talents most others don’t.

These ‘Aspie Powers’ (e.g. acute smell, hearing, concentration, creativity, articulation) are the upside of your condition. Focussing on them can make you feel genuinely good, rather than bad. You may even learn to laugh at yourself.

Achieve these breakthroughs and you’ll go far!

🙂


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  1. I’m a big fan of that ‘trouble heap’ theory. I wouldn’t swap my bundle with anyone I can think of. You make a very good point. 🙂

  2. This is a very useful post. I do hope you get a publisher.

    • Thank you kindly, Tahirih. I greatly appreciate your support! 🙂

  3. I was relieved when I got my diagnosis. It has been life enhancing and has helped me to find ways of coping better, even if only by ‘coming out Aspergers’. Try Jessica Kinglsey publishing.

  4. That’s great to hear, DJ. It sure is nice to learn about other people’s experiences with this element of the journey.

    From the sound of your writing, you’re not letting anything hold you back! Thank you for taking the time to comment. And the publishing tip! 🙂

  5. When our family Aspies were diagnosed, it was a huge relief for everyone! It explained everything. It made us NTs much more understanding of them and it helped the actual Aspies to understand themselves better. It was a blessing all around.

  6. Wow, thank you Carol. It’s been a good day for feedback! There’s only so much you can do writing posts. Comments like yours make this forum come alive. I’m very grateful for your contribution. 🙂


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