Many adults who are in their 30s and up are engrossed in a process of self-discovery, or rediscovery, given the attention on the autism spectrum and, specifically, the traits and features of Asperger’s Syndrome in the last two decades. Some who were thought of as socially backward geeks, nerds, or hermits. Learning the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome has provided a framework for a life history that finally allows those individuals to make sense of it all—and to realize it wasn’t their fault! Their unique way of being has a name! And there are others like them out there.
To find out if you have Asperger’s, first try looking up the symptoms as they are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Begin cross-walking what you know to be true of yourself—especially when you reflect upon your childhood and adolescence—with each symptom. Know that you do not need to have every single symptom to qualify. If you are so inclined, ask your family doctor for a referral to a psychologist or psychiatric certified to make an AS diagnosis. Informally, you might take an online quiz created by folks with Asperger’s for those who are questioning, such as yourself. You may find it at: www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php.