So today at the therapy session my therapist figured out I have Asperger's Syndrome! She's the first psychologist I've had to figure it out. How this came about: We were talking more on working on making a resume and I showed her an example of vacant jobs I get through email. This one was a really good example because it is for an editing position. So we went through it, what words to use to apply for it (I am going to try for this one too because it doesn't actually ask for a resume). Then she said "Now I want to ask you about something." Then she went to her bookshelf and pulled out the DSM-IV. I saw that she opened it up to Asperger's, and she was reading the traits off to me and asked if it sounded like traits I have. I was saying "yeah" a lot and eventually I just said "I know what you're talking about." She said "Asperger's" and I said "Yeah." So then later she said "This is what you have. This is your diagnosis." I'm surprised she figured it out because no one else had, and she asked me if anyone (including my previous therapist)had ever brought it up to me, and I said "no." Then she got out a chart of developmental delays and asked if I had any of those, and I did mention in the fine motor skills area is where I had trouble (I still do to a certain extent), but she'd have to ask my mom about that. So she printed out a copy of the chart for my mom to fill out. Just so she can rule out anything else. She talked to my mom and asked me if it was all right to tell my mom. I said "Yes" (she already knows anyway). My mom said, "That's what we kind of figured." My mom also is going to talk to Grammy about the developmental stuff because she also helped take care of me. But wow, this means I'm officially diagnosed now. Now I can admit I have Asperger's without feeling like a phony or something.
Wed, Dec. 16th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC) (Anonymous): Now you know.
Although you didn't mention your age, I suspect that you are young. I didn't get diagnosed until I was 54, so feel happy that you know now, when you're young rather than much, much later when there's not much that can be done. Now you have the opprotunity to grow and learn how to use these great abilities you have, and how to deal with the neural typical majority you'll have to put up with. They are, for the most part, nasty, ignorant, uncivilized bunch of sheeple, but you do need to at least understand them in order to beat them at their own game. And, yes, editing, technical writing, etc. are great areas for you. Good luck!