Regardless of the higher volume of knowledge available to-date about mental disorders, only a few know about Asperger’s syndrome.
Technically speaking, the fact that it’s also known as a high-functioning autism disorder makes life extra difficult for the patients. When ill-informed outsiders talk about the illness, they have a high tendency to typecast them as autistic people who can’t function as “normal” human beings.
The truth of the matter is, they can do that. You may not even realize you’re speaking to a patient unless they tell you directly or you grew up with them. Hence, there’s no reason for these individuals to become stereotyped as such. Marina Benjamen, Ph.D. says, “At present, like most mental disorders, there is no “cure” for Asperger’s Disorder. But by focusing on learning ways to cope with the symptoms and pick up on social cues, most individuals with Asperger’s Disorder lead fairly typical lives, with close friends and loved ones.”
In case you want to know more regarding the struggles they face throughout their life, learn about them below.
1. Comprehending sarcasm or double innuendos
Having the disorder means the individual most likely has a one-track way of thinking. In case an associate says, “I hate being gorgeous,” for instance, they’ll believe it. Once someone becomes sardonic and ‘compliments’ their poor fashion choices, they reply with a “thank you.” For that reason, the person turns into a laughingstock in front of everyone.
Sarah Swenson, LMHC, explains: “Imagine, for example, not being able to understand why the death of a beloved pet is still a sensitive issue for your friend even several years after the pet has passed away. Imagine saying something such as, “But that cat has been dead for two years!” And then imagine the reaction of your friend, who at that moment is feeling sad about the loss, feeling it as strongly as if he or she had lost the pet yesterday.”
2. Being unable to control their movements
You did learn about the way your body parts move as a response to the brain signals directed to them, didn’t you? To an autistic person, this idea doesn’t apply.
Their struggle with locomotor skills may appear during childhood when they keep on bumping into other people or objects. It may also show once they’re at an age in which their little friends can already draw simple items or write letters. That doesn’t entail they don’t know what to do – the nervous system and hands or feet just won’t harmonize.
3. Keeping up with the society
Asperger’s syndrome patients can hardly coordinate their actions, so finding it difficult to comply with societal standards isn’t surprising. The issue may be worse for the females since they are more prim and proper in comparison with the males. Despite that, similar symptoms like the inability to stay in disorganized dorms or trying to make friends at work or school would show.
Allison Kawa, PsyD. describes a person with Asperger’s as having “problems with their social skills.” She adds, “they have problems with their behaviors but they don´t have any delay in their language acquisition the way that someone who has autistic disorder might.”
4. Dealing with overpowered or underwhelmed senses
How an individual with Asperger’s syndrome reacts to sensitive matters is diverse from someone who has regular mind wiring. If a person without the syndrome normally covers their nose or runs out of the room when the smell of burning electrical cables waft in the air, the one with the syndrome, on the other hand, may either cry in place or just wonder what the commotion’s about. In another case, the constant clicking of a pen may overwhelm them, but loud noises don’t, or vice versa.
5. Teaching people that the disorder is real
Due to the illness being enveloped within the autism spectrum, some folks choose to believe that autism and Asperger’s are the same. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association even got rid of it in 2013 from the list of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is heartbreaking for many. Fortunately, for the rest of the world, they recognize this mental disorder for what it is.