Asperger’s is not a disorder and it doesn’t need treatment

Asperger’s Syndrome is no longer a diagnosis by itself. It is classified as an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is sometimes called “high functioning autism.” Regardless of it’s fancy tone, this is a highly derogatory name.

I can get pass the “syndrome” part, even though one might argue there as well, but there is much bigger issue to adress. The word that is extremely derogatory and humiliating is “disorder.” By calling something “a disorder” we are implying that the discussed subject is wrong and it should be altered or improved in some way. In the field where Asperger’s is treated there is a lot of concern for political correctness. But it seems that every new denomination eventually proves to be more humiliating than the previous one.

The name means nothing. Even William Shakespeare claimed that. But the name does not stand for itself in a vacuum with no purpose. It is used to create first impression. By calling something a certain name we determine how this entity will be viewed. It creates mind frame. So when we first meet an Aspie we are informed that this is an Autism Spectrum Disorder sufferer. In other words, before anything else we are informed that this person is broken beyond repair. 

And that is not the case only with random people that have nothing to do with the Aspie in question. When an Aspie is “diagnosed” the medical experts (!) will immediately start a treatment program to cure or at least rehabilitate the patient, because there is, sadly, no cure for this horrible thing. That’s the most common view. But it is completely wrong.

No one notices a huge amount of positive traits and special abilities that this person has. You were fine one day and you are damaged beyond repair the next. Who cares that you have ridiculously high IQ, who cares that you notice and memorize even the smallest details to the extent that would freak people out if they knew, who cares that you have eidetic memory (hell, who even cares what that means). Who cares that you are super sensitive for tastes, smells and human emotions. Who cares that you notice and feel things that “normal” people don’t. All of that is irrelevant. They all focus on your social awkwardness, your lack of social skills and seemingly unhealthy obsession with a chosen hobby. If you are unlucky enough to get a formal diagnosis and are at the same time a school child you will be included in a whole bunch of therapies and rehabilitating activities, all with one common result: to make you feel inadequate and simply wrong on all levels. It’s the ultimate way to kill the little self esteem a child have. Everything with good intentions, though.

When my son got diagnosed (and I have yet to explain tho whole extent of that part of my life and why it was the worst decision I made and the worst thing that happened to me) everyone was oh so understanding and was pitying me and my whole family. They had all heard a thing or two about it, watched  a simplified documentary or something, or ever worse, seen a movie about it. They felt sorry for this poor family that has had this horrible thing happened to them. I couldn’t really comprehend why I got that kind of reactions. I on the other hand was excited about it. My son was the same as he has always been and the formal diagnosis was just a denomination to me. When I read about Asperger’s Syndrome I only thouht to myself something like “oh I see now, THAT is the reason that he is so awesome” and I was proud if anything. Proud and happy that my son’s amazing abilities are finally being recognized. I felt as if the school system is now given the chance to repair mistakes and injustices that were made to me personally two decades earlier. That’s what I thought. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG.

I will adress that issue later.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of neurodiversity. It is no more of a disorder than having certain hair color. It should not be pitied od treated, instead it should be recognized for what it is: a set of special abilities that could enable a person to acomplish every goal they would set. It is not a disorder and it is not a disability. What makes it disabling is the humiliating attitude that the society is showing to Aspies. 

2 thoughts on “Asperger’s is not a disorder and it doesn’t need treatment”

  1. Yes, I mean, I’ve been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. It’s not even a thing now because as you mentioned in your blog post it’s now considered to be a part of the spectrum of autism.
    None of what the “experts” are understanding is based on any science you know.
    They’re simply doing “tests” like when you were a kid, and you mixed different ingredients together to make that perfect recipe no one had ever thought of before you brought forth your genius to the culinary world. Yeah… you know you did that because we all did that when we are kids. But they’re not supposed to be as naive.
    Recognize that what’s often considered “normal” is really just sick and maybe even a bit insane.
    I would describe being conservative and being opened as two different ways to be.
    Or defensive versus being welcoming.
    So look… our world is in peril. Maybe not so much the earth because it seems to be able to get rid of us at any time, and it’s working up to that. If we can barely handle a few extra degrees of heat, well we’re cooked baby.
    The problem is not difference or even intolerance. The problem is money, versus expectations. It’s going to school and being indoctrinated. Accepting punishment for not always seeing things the same way as a teacher. But just to use this as an example… A teacher that doesn’t grow with new experiences it worth what to anyone? A teacher should be interacting with students, not bashing them on the head with set ideas. Every new context makes at least some of what was sure before just unusable and outright wrong. And beliefs are the worst there. Beliefs about religion, security, purpose… whatever… they’re for the sake of human emotions. They’re not even something you can argue with logic. Anyway, we’ll never know anything for sure. Nothing… Think about it… we know nothing about why we’re here because there’s no guarantee attached to anything at all.
    So the government along with those who have the power, they don’t have to be reasonable. They prefer to think of themselves. They feel that classifying people makes it easier to deal with them. Pick out a couple traits and you can describe the person well enough to determine who they are in contrast to everyone else. The government goes further using Math, formulas to group people, decide on how to use budgets. And there have been “studies” done that show that voting makes no difference to how the governments run things.
    My point is, nobody cares. They want their paychecks. I’ve had to face this as I fight my government here in Quebec Canada. I’ve been offered very little emotional support through this by family and friends. They respond with “I don’t know what to do”, “I wish I knew how to help you”…
    Listen, I’ve helped strangers. I started by asking them what they wanted from me.
    I let them speak, unload some of their emotional burdens. I would make a list of their practical problems… those I could resolve myself to give them a leg up, and those they would have to take on themselves. For the obstacles they had to take on alone, I would encourage them, take away some of the emotional weight that way but I would let them take the credit for their accomplishments. And as they grew in strength, I would step back. I kept reminding them that they didn’t need me but that I was happy to be there for them.
    But I am alone in this. Understanding requires some kind of investment. People are too poor that way, they often can’t spend the time or energy. And frankly, I’m in a place now where I would just ruin this world because I’m sick of it.
    Asperger’s is the least of anyone’s problems. The world is wrong.
    Drugs are better for you now than milk. So cow milk is just bad, but pot is good.
    I’ll have to admit to not being perfect with this following statement.
    But even pornography scares me now. It’s all about strange fetishes and disturbing relations withing families and social workers, and police. Crazy abuse… I mean, I have a hard time finding anything that isn’t sadism.
    I mention this because kids are easily exposed to pornography now. It’s not like when I was a boy a magazine that was tame in comparison. We all want excitement, and to satisfy our needs and cravings but then where are we headed now?
    So if all that is normal I’m scared. If being covered with tats is normal then I’m offended. If smoking pot replaces good sense and even nourishment to a degree well then I give up on you guys.
    And I’ve just been trying to get my social worker to admit officially that she made a false accusation against me. She had used me for sex, always asking, always pursuing, wanting more affection and touching and spending time on the phone and in my apartment. Then she gets caught later on and claims she was a victim of rape. She gets transferred to another CLSC and her professional order tries to cover it all up. The police and hospital work together to discourage me from lodging complaints. My reputation, my sense of being, my future, my personal property all take a hit.
    Anyway, crazy times… four years of fighting this bs system.
    My lawyers have given me a bill of over 35,677$.
    They decided to include our phone conversations after swearing to me that I wouldn’t be charged. They’re all leaching off my desperation. It’s amazing to see.
    And the CLSC is stretching this out so far making my goal (to have my basic rights respected) see unattainable. I’m set though! I will make my story known and I will do what I can to get them to take on their responsibility in this. I want the public to see just how useless these services are when they’re offered with incompetence.

  2. I’ve come to the conclusion that Aspies are the next evolutionary stage for mankind. We see things clearly, we are truth-tellers, many of us are highly intelligent and have enhanced sensory abilities. We must care for and teach those less gifted

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