These are a collection of symptoms from an aspie’s perspective. For a a list of more medical definitions, see The Triad of Impairments and there’s a page of tips if you Think You Might Have Asperger’s Syndrome.
People greet you by saying “here comes trouble” and you don’t know whether or not they’re joking.
You scare off new friends by becoming obsessed with them.
People call you “sad” for being interested in interesting stuff.
You try to help someone, only to find your help wasn’t wanted.
You hear a lot about how “you’re only making things worse for yourself”.
You don’t understand what’s so funny about teasing. You feel you’re being mocked.
You are exhausted by always pretending to be normal, but fearful the Real You will be rejected.
You hope, with each new group of people you meet, that this time you’ll get it right.
You laugh later, and more loudly, than everyone else.
People say you speak too quickly, but you know you have to get the words out before you forget them.
You notice that after people have known you a while, they stop asking how you are.
You’re the only person wanting the music turned down.
You forget to eat.
Others get annoyed b/c you write down/read back details of appointments to be sure you got it right.
You find yourself unable to explain something without giving the whole backstory too.
You can cope with a party, but have to hide in the loo to recover every now and then.
You see other people exchange “a look” but don’t know what it means.
You like to hide away on your own, especially after spending time with other people.
You find it hard to work out what will happen next, particularly if people are involved.
You don’t instinctively know when you’re being teased.
You organise things: from smarties to your DVD collection… everything’s in order. Or not!
You load the dishwasher the same way every time… and redo it if someone does it differently.
People think you have no sense of humour. (They’re wrong, but that’s what they think!)
Your senses seem to be more sensitive than other people’s.
It’s “always you”.
Other people think you’re being intolerant, and you can’t understand how they cope.
You feel “different” from most people, and feel that you don’t “fit in”.
You are so passionate about your hobby/sport/interest that you lose track of time.
You’re always the last to get the joke!
You were bullied at school, or college, or work.. and/or are still being bullied.
People think you’re being rude and/or critical when you’re not meaning to be.
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