You know you have Aspergers when…

Disclaimer-this is intended to be a light hearted and humourous post. I am aware that not everyone with Aspergers will relate to all of these points but I felt my blog needed a bit of light hearted fun!

1. You know you have Aspergers when you don’t feel embarrassed about the things that most people think are embarrassing. I rarely get embarrassed and, when I do, it’s usually not about the same things that most people do.

2. You know you have Aspergers when you are always the last person to get a joke and, by the time you get it, everybody else has moved on!

3. You know you have Aspergers when people describe you as complicated and hard to understand.

4. You know you have Aspergers when you try out the social skills that always come naturally to other people and end up feeling really awkward because they just don’t work the same way for you.

5. You know you have Aspergers when the staff at your local pub or restaurant know what you are going to order before you’ve even opened your mouth.

6. You know you have Aspergers when you feel panicked at the fact that your “safe” meal options are not on a restaurant’s menu. What do I choose now?!

7. You know you have Aspergers when you express your emotions through stimming.

8. You know you have Aspergers when you can’t understand why obsessions are seen by the rest of the world to be a bad thing.

9. You know you have Aspergers when a packed night club is your idea of hell on earth. The stench of alcohol, the fear that people will vomit near you, all those sweaty bodies and the pounding bass music-why would I want to pay good money for that?

10. You know you have Aspergers when you are proud to be called a geek. Intelligence and being eager to learn are not qualities to be ashamed of.

11. You know you have Aspergers when you have zero fashion sense. If it fits and it’s comfortable, I’m good. Throw in colour coordination and my brain starts to hurt!

12. You know you have Aspergers when people describe you as “brutally honest”.

13. You know you have Aspergers when you can recite the script from a favourite movie or TV episode verbatim.

14. You know you have Aspergers when, as a young child, you read doctors journals for fun but couldn’t dress yourself properly. (The idea behind this one is that, due to issues with executive functioning, someone with Aspergers can be capable of reading material way beyond their chronological age but can struggle with the basics in life).

15. You know you have Aspergers when you seem to have no internal sense of temperature and thus wear thick coats in the summer, earning you a lot of odd looks from passers by.

16. You know you have Aspergers when you “tick” with animals far more than you do with other people.

17. You know you have Aspergers when people love having you on their quiz team!

18. You know you have Aspergers when you get anxious over the tiniest things and the anxiety just builds and builds until it becomes overwhelming and, when it’s all over,you can look at the situation and realise how little of a deal it actually was but you still go through the same thing next time.

19. You know you have Aspergers when you like reading random Wikipedia articles for hours at a time.

20. You know you have Aspergers when you don’t get why people get so bothered by difference. The world is a diverse place-why do people feel the need to get so aggressive towards people who are different from them but who aren’t harming anyone by being so? It’s a genuine mystery to me!

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One Response to You know you have Aspergers when…

  1. Peter Donely says:

    most of these are true for me, great article.

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