I Was Diagnosed In 2002, When I Was 9 Years Old.

I remember being the 'weird' one. The 'odd' one out, as people would call me. When I was in primary school (or elementary school, which is the equivalent for American readers), instead of having the latest goodies, I'd experiment with small objects under a microscope, and star-gazing. I was also fascinated with computers and electronic equipment and I'd take VCR recorders apart and then re-assemble them in an alternate order. I often isolated myself because I was the subject of harassment and assault at school. 

I found it difficult to make legitimate eye contact with other people, and I could not read social cues. I was also very sensitive to depression, and anxiety, and I found it very difficult to take part in creative or imaginative play. Around late 2002 to early 2003, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome by a professional psychiatrist.

To this day, I am still the last one to 'get' jokes, and I cannot process sarcasm, or facial cues. In 2006, I was professionally tested for my Intelligence Quotent (IQ) and I had scored 162, meaning that I am in the 99.99th percentile. However, I can only think logically, for instance, I may score A's in hard sciences such as physics and chemistry, but in subjects such as english that require me to think otherwise, I scored D's, despite me having the reading level of a college student at the age of 9 and having an advanced vocabulary at the time of the assessment. I still have retained my old interests, such as electronics, biology, knives and swords, but I have also developed new interests alongside, such as chemistry, forensic science, physics and 3D computer modeling.

Nowadays, I am happy to be different and not conforming to silly cliques and groups. It's what makes me who I am, an individual.
Flergeron Flergeron
18-21, M
1 Response May 22, 2012

welcome everyone could learn to be themselves