Greetings, Manic Fans. Â Les here with a conundrum. Â My Mother is convinced that growing up, I had Asperger’s Syndrome(at least a mild form of it). Â Of course, back then, nobody had ever heard of that condition…come to think of it, nobody had ever heard of ADHD back then, either. Â Nowadays, both are known, well-documented and a great many children are diagnosed with both. Â
When I was married, and communications got too confusing and frustrating, my wife made me get tested for ADHD…and whadaya know? Â BAM! Â Strong case of it! Â I went on Ritalyn and Welbutron for concentration and depression control. Â Ultimately, they didn’t help, because the other end of that particular problem was my wife, whose short-fuse temper and high-maintenence demands were beyond the realm of any sane man no matter how hard he tried…but that’s a discussion for another day….What it boils down to is that I can function with ADHD by forcing myself to concentrate on the things that I’m not interested in by making them interesting(it has to do with embracing my personality traits: Â Fun seeking and being in control, and adapting my situations to fit both). Â I’ve been off those meds for 7 years now, and I’ve never been happier. Â I’m also getting a lot more efficient at doing the things I need to in order to be a good Father for my children.
However, getting back to the original topic: Â Asperger’s Syndrome. Â If Mom is correct(And she may very well be…thinking back on it, I was an escapist daydreamer whose preferred peers were grown ups and my best friends were the record player and the piano), then I grew up with it, and found a way to be a fully functional adult without therapy or medication. Â On the other hand, I have suffered more than a few bouts of mild to severe depression in my adult life that could’ve been linked to being an undiagnosed Asperger’s case. Â Could being Asperger’s explain my experience with cyber addiction I suffered 4 years ago? Â Would knowing for sure help me today?
See, if I simply assume it’s true, then does it simply become another thing I’ve learned to live with and work around without realizing it’s there? Â Would being aware of it give me greater understanding that I could then use to function at an even greater level in my life? Â CAN a grown man even be diagnosed with a case of Asperger’s Syndrome?
I put it to you, Manic Fans. Â What are your opinions on this? Â I’d like some advice, my friends. Â Peace.