Aspergers disease doesn’t exist. so many people google the words asperger’s disease that I feel the need to explain aspergers syndrome to people, in a different way than usual. I do not have Aspergers disease, nor does anyone else with asperger’s. if Asperger’s isn’t a disease, what is it? Asperger’s is a syndrome, that is why it is called Asperger’s Syndrome . I am ticked off by people believing aspergers is a disease because the definition of a disease and the defintion of a syndrome are entirely two different things! Merriam Webster says a disease is
: a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms
while a syndrome is
a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition
a set of concurrent things (as emotions or actions) that usually form an identifiable pattern
When I think of diseases, I think of Lupis or AIDS; not Aspergers, because it is a syndrome. I am omitting all swear words because I’ve been learning how to deal with people who have the ignorance syndrome.
Aspergers is not an illness like a cold where you can go get medicine and make it go away.
Aspergers Syndrome is a neurological disorder, although the defintion of disorder makes me hypothesize that Aspergers could just be a change in the human mind that in a few hundred years will be considered normal. I believe that the current definition of normal is flawed and that “normal” is highly abnormal, but then again “normal is just a setting on the washing machine”~ purple tree trunks
what you consider to be a regular part of life we with Aspergers see as rituals. I’ve heard several people refer to brushing your teeth as a ritual. Trust me, this is one ritual that makes sense to me!!! Some people with Aspergers have trouble grabbing the concept behind the ritual, but not me.
Aspergers makes us want to focus on one thing. This is called preseveration. It is a Very big word that you will be hearing a lot if you or your child has aspergers.
I’ve noted several instances of people on the autism spectrum whose perseverations begin to have similarities to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if not exactly like O.C.D.
Some sites that seem helpful are http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Understanding_Aspergers_Syndrome/ http://ezinearticles.com/?What-is-Aspergers-Disease&id=683637
While scientific research does not agree with me one hundred percent, my analysis of biological parents who have offspring with Aspergers appear to have a subtle or more than subtle case of Aspergers, thus pointing to Aspergers being hereditary. The thing about biological parents is that they usually won’t even notice that they have Asperger symptoms or at least not admit to it publicly.
I will enlighten you with more information about Aspergers
A lot of this is opinion or analysis and not pure scientific fact– the part that is scientific fact is that asperger’s isn’t a disease, that is why I linked to sites.
My blog is a good place to get an insight on the aspie mind, but not the best place to explain aspergers to those who don’t know what it is.