Aspergers and suffering

“The main treatment for Aspergers is self-understanding and self-acceptance.  The trouble is that people will say that people suffer from Aspergers.  No you don’t suffer from Aspergers, you suffer from other people.  I want people to admire those with Aspergers syndrome, to say that it gives you talents.  Don’t feel sorry for them, applaud them.”  (Tony Attwood)

Following on from my previous post on Clay Marzo, here is a clip from the film “Clay Marzo: Just Add Water”, where Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Chitra Bhakta discuss characteristics of Asperger Syndrome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKRIRZEV4B4
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2 Responses to Aspergers and suffering

  1. Deb says:

    Thankyou for commenting Leonie – I agree with the importance of diagnosis – it has certainly been a positive thing for our family. I also think your last sentence sums Aspergers up beautifully.

  2. Leonie Blows says:

    This is why diagnosis is so important. Until you know you have Asperger’s, you can’t begin to deal with it (or other people) in any kind of effective manner.
    I am not a sufferer; I just am.

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