Hey everybody, first let me say how grateful I am to finally come to a community where I can speak out on my disorder, as well as the many problems associated with it. I definitely look forward to hearing some of your stories :) Well, let me tell you MY story. When I was a child I had been diagnosed with AS and for several years I had kind of been ignorant on the problem. I didn't really know what made me so different from most people..until my mother told me around freshman year of high school. Then I was like, "What the heck is Asperger's?" My academic performance definitely improved as I got older. When I was still living out West I managed to go to a community college, and obtained an Assoc. degree in Gen. Studies. I'm currently going back for my criminal justice degree and will graduate this summer yahoooo!
Well, my social life is another question indeed, and there is much on my mind as far as explaining it, so I'll keep it short. As an Aspie, it's really hard to connect with people, and I'm currently going to a church that has things like volunteering opportunities. I realize you can't know every Tom, D***, and Harry, but sometimes I feel like people don't notice me as much. I tend to think from time to time what if I were that guy (a non-aspie)? And for a guy with my disorder I seem to be doing at the very least OK, but like I said still some difficulty (what and what not to say, mistakingly taking offense to things said, etc.) For the past couple of years I've been battling severe depression and mood disorders, part of it's because my father passed away in early 2012 from stage 4 sarcoma. I seem to be coping a little better though now. As far as my love life goes, I've never made it past the first date stage with most girls. I try not to think about it so much, even though most of my peers have better successes than me.
I'm going to a program near my city that helps people with AS. My counselor is helping me with things like better communication skills, and being able to keep a job. It's made a huge difference for me I can tell.
I look forward to talking with you guys more about this. Have an awesome New Year!