Hello reautiful, welcome to my blog!
My name is Christina and I’m a 24-year old dreamer. I was born and raised in the Netherlands but I’m partly English, Danish and Dutch.
You could describe me as a woman born in the wrong time era. I love everything vintage and I have a passion for pin-ups.
In my free time I enjoy reading books with a cuppa tea, cooking, drawing, painting, photography and of course, make-up.
Aspergers FAQ (frequently asked questions):
- What does Aspergers mean? When I think of Aspergers, I think of something edible.
Asparagus are edible, haha. Aspergers is short of Aspergers Syndrome (ASD). Aspergers Syndrome is a form of Autism. Aspergers Syndrome is considered to be on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. Children and adults with Aspergers Syndrome may have difficulties with social interaction and understanding emotions. I, myself, describe it more of having a different view on logic things. For example: whenever I see people crying I tend to get very nervous and sometimes that can lead to a panic attack. Are you curious what my panic attack/anxiety feels like? You can read more about it here. Some children show repetitive behaviors, such as flapping with their hands. The differences in Aspergers in adults and children can be very different.
- How is Aspergers syndrome diagnosed and when/how did you know you had Aspergers?Asperger syndrome often remains undiagnosed until a child or adult begins to have serious difficulties in school, the workplace or their personal lives. Especially women often stay undiagnosed. Many adults with Asperger syndrome receive their diagnosis when seeking help for related issues such as anxiety or having trouble with their concentration.For example: someone with Asperger syndrome might initiate conversations with others by extensively relating facts related to a particular topic of interest. He or she may resist discussing anything else and have difficulty allowing others to speak. Often, they don’t notice that others are no longer listening or are uncomfortable with the topic. They may lack the ability to “see things” from the other person’s perspective.Another common thing is the inability to understand the intent behind another person’s actions, words and behaviors. So children and adults with Aspergers syndrome may miss humor and other implications. Someone with Aspergers Syndrome may not pick up on what is or isn’t appropriate in a particular situation. For instance, someone with Asperger syndrome might speak too loudly when entering a church service or a room with a sleeping baby – and not understand when “shushed.”
I decided to go to a psychiatrist around the age of 18. I was tired of people calling me stupid and weird. I knew something was wrong (which isn’t the right word for it, I think different might be a better option) with me. We spoke about the problems I had with social interaction and how I thought about several things. There were several tests I had to make and loads of questions I had to answer and explain why I had given that answer. After a few months the puzzle was completed. I had Aspergers. I was not stupid, I was just a little bit different than others. It felt so good to finally know I wasn’t stupid or weird.
- Is there a treatment for Aspergers, like pills or something?
No. Also, Aspergers Syndrome is not a disease. Do not forget that people with Aspergers Syndrome are also human beings. They make mistakes, they cry, they laugh and they live just like any other individual on this planet. We just ‘miss’ a link in our brain which causes us to be a little different. At leas, this is how I see it. I have learned a lot throughout the years because I had to be normal. No one cared about my Aspergers which caused me to push myself to be normal and I had to learn to be social etc. Not everyone has to do this or is able to do this. I’m very happy with how my life looks now and that I can be who I want to be. Some children or adults take tablets to help them to function better, like Ritalin for example. Ritalin is used for people with ADHD or ADD but people with Aspergers miss that ‘link’ in their brains to be able to concentrate as well. That’s why a lot of people with Aspergers get misdiagnosed. There is no medicine against Aspergers and I do not believe there will be one in the future because Aspergers is not an illness. There are medicine that might work, as I mentioned before, and help the person to function better.Also, I have anxiety that comes with my Aspergers. I use antidepressants that help me function a lot better. It’s easier for me to things in general because my anxiety is a lot less with these tablets. I have more energy and I’m more social (it doesn’t cure being less social, but it makes it easier for me to talk to people and say things that are on my mind).
- Where does the therm ‘Aspergers’ come from?In 1944, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger described four young patients with similar social difficulties. Although their intelligence appeared normal, the children lacked nonverbal communication skills and failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers. Their manner of speech was either disjointed or overly formal, and their all-absorbing interests in narrow topics dominated their conversations. The children also shared a tendency to be clumsy.Dr. Asperger’s observations, published in German, remained little known until 1981. In that year, the English physician Lorna Wing published a series of case studies of children with similar symptoms. Wing’s writings on “Asperger syndrome” were widely published and popularized. In 1994, Asperger syndrome was added to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-4), the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic reference book.
There can be considerable overlap in the diagnostic symptoms of Asperger and that of other forms of ASD among children and adults who have normal intelligence and no significant language delay. So-called “high functioning autism” and Asperger syndrome share similar challenges and benefit from similar treatment approaches.
In recent years, such high profile authors and speakers as John Elder Robison and animal scientist Temple Grandin have shared their stories of life with Asperger syndrome. In doing so, they have helped raise awareness of its associated challenges and special abilities.
Read more about Aspergers and me here. If you have any questions about me or Aspergers you can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I try to make the best of life. Live, love & laugh baby!
”Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe”