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Asperger’s Syndrome and Mental Health: Anxiety

Anxiety, for a lot of people on and off the Autism Spectrum, is an ever-present and ever-pressing problem. It can be all pervasive, seeping into every part of your lifestyle, like inkblots spilling onto the pages of your life, dirtying the pages and obscuring words and memories with worry and sometimes, blind panic. What exactly is anxiety though? Anxiety stems from ... Read More »

Do people with Asperger’s have a sense of humour?

Hans Asperger, in 1944, theorised that people with Asperger’s Syndrome do not have the propensity for humour, and that attempts at humour would turn out, at best, awkward, and at worst, hostile. In recent years, this musing has been proved to be only true in minority. While people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome can have difficulties with the subtleties of humour, ... Read More »

Asperger’s Syndrome and Mental Health: Depression


Depression is a crushing yet entirely mundane beast. It brings forth great contradictions; being completely hopeless while in the midst of promising life changes, or feeling entirely alone in the midst of a crowd. It isn’t a climactic fall into oblivion, but a slow and inexorable spiral – water swirling down the drain. It is a very real illness that ... Read More »

Asperger’s Syndrome and Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder


Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism often comes hand in hand with comorbid mental health disorders. Especially for people with a pre-existing genetic disposition towards certain mental health disorders, the stress involved in the trials and tribulations of sociality in day to day life can bring to the fore, or exacerbate, mental health disorders. A recent study found the prevalence of Bipolar Disorder ... Read More »

How does Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome affect employment?

‘Transitioning’ used in terms of the Autism Spectrum, refers to the move between two periods of life, and getting it right always requires a little pre-planning. It usually refers to the move from primary to secondary school, and a little less commonly, the move from secondary school to further/higher education. What isn’t talked about so much, however, is the move ... Read More »

Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome Excerpt: Autism and Assertiveness

Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

What follows is an excerpt from the upcoming sequel to ‘Freaks, Geeks and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence’. The new book, ‘Sex, Drugs and Asperger’s Syndrome: A User Guide to Adulthood’, deals with everything from employment to sex to confidence. The following passage is on assertiveness and confidence, and the importance, and difference between, the two.  Assertiveness is ... Read More »

Cause for Autism Finally Found: Dihydrogen Monoxide and ASDs

New research has come to light showing a direct link between Dihydrogen Monoxide and Autism. The figures are damning – it has been shown that around one hundred percent of people on the Autism Spectrum have been exposed to the chemical, usually in liquid form, at some point in their lives. While some people believe the correlative link may simply ... Read More »

Can Aspies/people on the Autism Spectrum be sociable?


The idea that Aspies can’t be sociable is a dated one. Fair enough, at time, social skills may seem like a whole other language, with its own dialect and almost secretive structure. It’s an incredibly important aspect of human existence, and if you’re on the Autism spectrum, it can be a difficult subject to broach. Like another language, however, social ... Read More »

Has Asperger’s Syndrome been renamed…?


…And if it has, how does this affect someone with a diagnosis? In May 2014, Asperger’s Syndrome was written out of the DSM-5 – the NAS goes into some pretty decent clinical detail on the change, which you can have a look at here: . The next part is a personal viewpoint as someone with Asperger’s Syndrome, with some other people’s ... Read More »

The Asperger’s Syndrome DSM-5 Change


Last year, Asperger’s Syndrome was written out of the DSM-5, the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual compiled by the American Psychological Association. In May 2014 it was replaced, alongside PDD/NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified) and Childhood Integrative Disorder, with the term Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a separate diagnosis, Social Communication Disorder. Anyone with a prior diagnosis of Asperger’s ... Read More »