Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I think I have Aspergers syndrome.

I haven't written anything for a while because I really struggle to put what I want to say in to words.

My wife was watching "Embarrassing Bodies" on Channel 4 a while back.  A programme I normally steer clear of.  The second half of the show was about the autism spectrum.  Different for their show and since our youngest has mild Aspergers I watched.

Aspergers Syndrome information

It was quite interesting and informative.  At the end of the show they gave you the chance to take a test to see if you have Aspergers and the level at which you might have it.

Most people have some portion of the syndrome but ever since getting a diagnoses for our youngest child I became more informed about it.  My wife thought I had traits so I took the test.  To try and be objective I asked the wife to answer some of the questions from her perspective about me.

At the end of the test you get a score.  There was a range of scores to show severity (up to 15 was low, 15-25 medium, 25 to 35 high and 35 and above very high).

I scored 42.              (Douglas Adams solution to life, the universe and everything :)

This was a bit of a surprise.  I knew I had traits but not that high.

A few of the staff at work also took the test and scored around the 9 to 11 mark.

I suppose it was to be expected with my son having Aspergers but I wish I would have been diagnosed in school if I showed symptoms.  Having said that I did go to school 30 years ago and the recognition of these things was like it is now.

It doesn't really change much but give me an explanation about the way I see and do things.  Do I bother to get an official diagnoses or not.  It will probably be wasting the Doctors time to be honest.