Say, I’ve doing some thinking. You see, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome pretty young, and I guess I’m not “normal” in the truest sense of the word.
I tend to keep to myself, have some rather eccentric hobbies, along with a tendancy to fixate on a certain topic or train of thought for weeks on end. Lately, I’ve been on a crusade against plastic.
But the thing is, is there something wrong with me? Do I need to be cured? Am I in-capable of tying my own shoelaces? I most certainly am not!
The mental health bible- (the DSM-5), got updated recently. I feel like I have have a personal stake in this. Truth be told, I rather liked being an aspie. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD just sounds wrong. Yeah, that’ll go down well in a job interview…
I’ve learned through bitter experience that the vast majority of autistic symptoms can be attributed to malnutrition. It’s fairly obvious our little engines don’t run so well on standard fuel(processed food, grains)? Someone, fetch us that high octane stuff…(think paleo or keto diet)🙂
How could anyone learn to socialise when they are isolated anyway? sometimes the only mistake we make is assuming that telling the truth is the right thing to do. Have you ever seen people too afraid to tell someone their muffins sucked, or that they really, really look terrible in that shirt?
It’d be rude to tell them, right. Oh, rubbish! Just tell them and be nice about it. That’s what we often do. When we mention that someome is fat, or that their bathroom is filthy, we are making an observation, not a judgement! It’s quite the tragedy of miscommunication. Only until we know better, of course. And I’m sure everyone learned these lessons somewhere down the line. Maybe a bit sooner than we did, that’s for sure.
Speaking of which, I’ve been one to dabble in ‘conspiracies’ in the past, and sometimes still do. So, That brings me to vaccines. Some people claim that vaccines cause autism, which would imply that I’m somehow broken and damaged goods? I guess I feel like ‘autism’ fits into 2 categories:
- Brain Impairment/damage
And I guess my question is, who gets to decide which is which? where do we draw the line? I don’t really know. But it seems as if the traits for ‘aspergers’ run in my family (Both sides of the family show a bit, though it’s a bit stronger on my fathers side). My father isn’t ‘diagnosed’, but I’ll eat my hat if anyone tries to tell me he doesn’t fit the bill.
My grandfather, on the other hand, is where it intrigues me. He has traits like, say: obsession with ritual and routine, It has to be this milk, that butter. Actually, remember a rather sad if funny conversation. He was tasked with getting “hot choc” on the shopping list. So, what does he do? Finds a brand of hot chocolate with those exact words written on it.
Now, why the quotation marks? Well, isn’t it just a set of personality traits that society has deemed undesirable? We have disorders like “Oppositional Defiant disorder”, for example. So someone doesn’t blindly obey an adult just because they were told to? What if they think their orders make no sense? Ugh. I hate that people don’t understand that. It’s not about being defiant or authority or and of that nonsense! We just don’t follow systems we perceive to be broken.
The saddest part is we’re actually quite loyal, provided you treat us with some respect. we’ll happily go make you a cup of coffee, or fetch your mail.
I’m not brain damaged, and I rather dislike the sneaky way i which people who don’t conform to social norms are gradually becoming medicalised. When did eccentric become autistic?
Thanks for reading.