Category Archives: Asperger

Back To Work Again

I have recently been discussing with my psychiatrist about my levels of stress and my mania, and probably I will be investigated for Bipolarity. I will also be exchanging a new medicine to my prescription. My psychiatrist thought I would be fit for work tomorrow, so now I am preparing with food, sleep and all that, you know.

A couple of days ago I brought some new drawing and painting material. Hopefully I will use it and develop my technique. Here’s a little surprise for you. I had almost forgotten about it myself. A special enchanted music lyric video for my Swedish Song “Kurdistans Sång.” Enjoy it and please come with some feedback on it!

Peace! <3

About my Diagnoses


As some of you might know, I have four diagnostics on te paper. Tourettes Syndrom, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrom and Bipolar Disorder. It is a part of me and who I am and here I will go through all of them

ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) use to include major or minor concentration difficulty and impulsivity. There are different varieties, but my biggest problem is my temper. I can get very angry due to minor problems. And when I am angry I can easily get an outburst. Even if I’ve learned to control it much better since I’ve become a grown male, I still have this anger within me for very small things.

Tourettes is a diagnose that incluedes different varieties of obsessional or compulsive actions or movements. These might look completely different from eachother. The common picture of Tourettes is a guy who sits in the middle of a crowd and screaming cursewords and insults at people, not because of rudeness, but of OCD. But Tourettes could actually include anything, even minor actions that not hurt anybody. OCD is a feeling that you just have to do things even if you have no reason to do it. The compulsive behavier intensifies by the fact that you know that you are NOT allowed to do it. For a person with serious Tourettes, it doesn’t help that this person know that what he does will lead to problems. Rather the opposite. It always seems to be the fact that a certain action is abusive or taboo, that will make it even harder to resist doing.

If you do not do certain actions in a specific way, like screaming a insulting slur at a person, or moving a glass on the table to the exactly right place. But it’s not always serious actions. The only thing they have in common, is that you feel forced to do it, even if nobody have forced you. The only one forcing you, is your mind. They are called tics. It might be blinking, stretching, moving your neck in a certain way, or sometimes, cursing at people. However, I have never had so much verbal tics, mostly minor movements. But I’ve become better and better to control them.

Stuttering is more usual you might think, but with me it has always been very obvious. It means that you start to hack or get stuck when you try to say something. Often some letters are more hard to say without stuttering, than others. My stuttering have sometimes been almost gone, and some periods I stutter a lot more. The worst is gone for me, but I still stutter a little.

Aspergers syndrome was something I got on the paper maybe eight years ago or something. It’s a complicated diagnose, because you cannot discribe it in one meaning like the others. Aspergers is nowadays included in the autism spectra and is a form of high functional autism. Autism includes a difficulty to see contexts and read between the lines, but a phenomenal mind for details that are interesting for you. People with autism or aspergers use to have problems with the social codes, mostly due to their special interests. People with Asperger are often very good at a special and rare topic. This means that they do not like small talk. For example, if I am hanging out with a friend, I don’t do small talk, I start to talk about science, politics, history and facts that I’m interested in, instead of asking about my friend’s interests. I’ve now so concious about it that I’ve started to control it more and more, since I’ve been older. Many people with aspergers might have hard to understand irony or sarcasm. I however have not.

Bipolar disorder. When you are depressed, everything feels bad and meaningless. The opposite is called mania and that means an exaggerated happiness, euphoria, energy and creativity. People with bipolarity tend to change from mania to depression with an interval of longer or shorter periods. The change from depression to mania, or from mania to depression can happen suddenly after a couple of days or weeks. A bipolar person in his depressive period is tired, sad and have dark feeling. But in the manic period, he or she are almost speeded, don’t need much sleep, and he talks, talks and talks about his brand new idéas and perspectives.

A lot of people say that these diagnostics are a gift or a strength, but they are not. Not for me, anyway. In some ways they can clearly be an advantage, but for most people it is also a daily struggle.

Worst of all, I think, is the new political correct word “functional variation”. It’s just another new word that normalises diagnoses in a way that makes the actual struggles for people with diasbilities invisible. The word functional variation was indeed a good word, but now when it is used as a synonyme to diagnose, the word diagnose loses it’s meaning. The purpose seems to be to insinuate that all people more or less have diagnoses and that is a problem. It undermines the groups that have actual diagnoses.

I do not think it’s okay to say that it’s okay to behave badly just because somebody have a diagnostics. Disabilities is not an excuse for bad behaviour. One time I even had a discussion with a woman who said she worked with children with disabilities. She went completely mad at me because I said that diagnostics is not an excuse. When I told her that I have disabilities and that I’ve learned to control them, she said that it is impossible to control. She even questioned if I really had diabilities.

This attitude makes me angry. I am not an stupid just because I have diasbilities. I know what I do and I am capable of making decisions, even if I have ADHD, and Aspergers and all what it’s called.

Another think that makes me both sad and angry is all the lies about Greta Thunberg, and all this unawarness about her aspergers. People think that she is retarded and that she have Down Syndrome. If people can’t see the difference between an intellectual disability and high functional autism, they should just shut up! People who say Greta Thunberg is a “mongo” or “retard” they are saying that I am a “mongo” or “retard”. And I do not accept it. I actually thought people after all these years would have better knowledge about autism and aspergers, but there is so much prejudice out there even today.

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World Autism Day

It is world autism day today. Not here in Sweden, since it’s past midnight here. But in America it’s still the 2d of april, also known as world autism day.

I was diagnosticed with Aspergers sometime in my early teens. And there are some things I get angry at. People on both sides, try to use people with Aspergers in their political debate. Off course I think about Greta Thunberg. She might be the most famous person with Aspergers right now. Greta uses her Asperger skills as a gift. She does not like to talk in crowds, but her autism spectra allows her to talk in crowds when she realizes that she have to. That’s her own words.

Autism is by far one of the most complex and wide spectras amongst the neuro-psykiatric disorters. You can describe ADHD or Tourettes in a sentence, but not autism or Aspergers.

Aspergers, or high-functioning autism, as it’s called today, is a neuropsyciatric diagnostics within the autism spectra. A person with asperger view the world differently. They are cathegorized by a limited or unusual amount of interests and hobbies, wich they embrace with a great passion. We are mostly very talented and creative or have a very special interest. A lot of us are theoretical in mind, but quite bad a practical things. The average IQ for a person with Aspergers is stright above normal and often much higher. People with aspergers tend to be very talented and engaged within their own special interests, but they might have hard to focus when it comes to other things. We don’t use to talk about normal matters like the weather, or other small talk, but rather about facts and our special interests. This makes Asperger hard to go through, when it comes to social contacts and friends. We don’t always understand that other people might not want to talk about what we like to talk about.

That’s because we’re not as good as the average person at analysing the social signals from other people. Irony, sarcasm or understatements could be hard for us aspies to snap up. But it is possible to train those abilities and learn to read between the lines.

Since Greta Thunberg become famous for her magnificent fight for the envirement, the lies about her and her diagnostics have been spreading across the world. Some people go very far and say that she is retarded, mentally ill or that she has Downs Syndrome. People trying to use her Asperger against her, or for her at some points.

I am tired of both sides in this debate. Here is a little list of what I’m tired of in the Aspergers debate.

  1. Aspergers is not a gift. It’s a lifelong struggle for most people. In some circumstances it could be an advantage, but it is absolutely not a dance on roses to live with Asbergers. A lot of ut feel lonely and depressed.
  2. There is no such thing as a “functional variation.” The political correctness has really destroyed the common sense regarding diagnostics. When I was born, it was still acceptable to use the word “handicapped”. Then people started to use the word “disability”. But the last years an even newer, terrible word has come to use – “functional variation.” Why change all these words all the time? Can’t we just be calling things for what they are? I’m fine with the word handicap, disorder or disability. And I think that the word “functional variation” is the most funcofobic of all these words. It’s not just a variation in terms of everyone being different, it’s a normalisation of disabilities, and it completely obscuring the difficulties and challenges that people with disabilities have. It’s like saying that disabilities does not exist, because “everyone is different.” Hell no. It’s not just about being different. Stop using the word “functional variation”, please.
  3. Disorder is not a bad word. Here in Sweden, there is a difference in diagnose and disorder. A disability like Asperger is not considered a disorder, but a diagnose. If someone says “disorder” hell will break lose and people will arrive with their pointers and correct you. I personally, don’t care if you chose to call it a diagnose or a disorder. I just want people on both sides to stop use my disability to gain polical points!

I hope some of you really reads this and think about it. Sorry for my bad English, I am from Sweden.

Peace.

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Being an aspie

Apologies to all of my followers from other countries. I’ve not posted an English post for a very long time. Mostly because of my ongoing Christmas challendar in Swedish. My callendar, which is political, have stirred up a lot of wrath and discussion on my page. I’ve lost several followers because of it. Actually I’m happy that it’s over soon. To much Jimmie Åkesson and politics, to little fantasy, novels and writing.

But straight to the point. I live in Sweden, the country from which a short teenage girl with braids come from. Yes, that’s right. Greta Thunberg has surely taken the world with storm. I am proud to be Swedish when I hear about people like Greta. But I’m also angry when I hear all the gossip and hate against her. I think it’s even more hate against Greta here in Sweden, than anywhere else. I don’t know why, but appearently, the hatred gets more and more perverse. It’s one thing to critisise her or have another opinion than her. But I’ve been forced to work with people who have the most evil and hateful thoughts against her.

I’ve had a boss that almost everyday called her DAMP-Greta. DAMP is an older Swedish word for ADHD, and is still used as an insult for people with some high temperament. “Jag får DAMP”, means “I got DAMP” and means that I lose my mind. Anyway. My boss often used that word. Even if I told him that I have the same diagnostics as her, and that I feel targeted and uncomfortable when he speaks like that. Sometimes he also said “poor mongoloide” about her. Mongoloide is an old word for people with Downs Syndrome. A lot of people in Sweden calls her both retarded and mentally ill. I’ve been working with these people. They made a lot of sex jokes about her as well.

Greta have Aspergers Syndrome and ended school with the highest grades in almost everything. People with aspergers syndrome are not retarded, as many Greta haters say. In fact, they tend to have a bit higher IQ than average. Einstein, Mozart and many other scientists and engineers, had Asperger.

The term Asperger does not exist anymore. Today it’s considered as a moderate form of autism. I got my Asperger diagnosics just some years before they made that change. Asperger means that you have a peoblem with social communication. You don’t like small talk, you just want to talk about the things you are very intrested in. People with Asperger tend to be very good at some unusual stuff, like art, music, drawing or science. It’s hard for them to se the whole picture. Understatements and sarcasm or irony, can be problematic for an aspie to detect. But our interest for details is extraordinary.

If you have asperger, you are often very good at theoretical, artistic and academic work, but you often have a problem with practical routines. That might be tying your shoes, cock food or drive a car.

Maybe the most detectable problem with most aspies, is their lack of sence for relevance in converstions and ability to see something from other people’s perspective. For example, a person with asperger suddenly start to talk about physics, music, history or science, or changing topic rapidly from weather and small talk, to trivial facts about biology, history or something related to fact.

So, that’s basically how it is for me and Greta, and for Einstein, Mozart and a lot of other people through history. Some other time, I will also tell you about my other diagnostics.

Om Mina Diagnoser

Som de flesta av er kanske vet, så har jag fyra diagnoser på pappret. Tourettes Syndrom, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrom och Bipolär Sjukdom. Här är en redogörelse för de olika diagnoserna och vad de inneburit för mig och mitt liv.

ADHD kallas även för Attention Deficit, Hyperactive Disorder och innebär i regel koncentrationssvårigheter och svårigheter att sitta still av olika slag. Diagnosen innebär ofta att man är intensiv och har svårt att kontrollera sitt temperament. För mig har min ADHD mest inneburit stora vansinnesutbrott för bagateller och att jag väldigt lätt blir arg eller irriterad över saker som andra kanske inte blir irriterade över.

Tourettes är en funktionsnedsättning som innefattar olika varianter av tvångsmässiga ryckningar eller utspel, så kallade tics. De kan ta sig uttryck på väldigt många olika sätt. Den allmänna nidbilden är att man inte kan låta bli att sitta och skrika fula ord åt folk utan anledning, men det behöver inte ta sig uttryck så. Tics är tvångsmässiga och bygger på känslan att det känns dåligt om du inte gör si eller så. Det kan vara en ryckning på axlarna eller nacken, ryckningar med handen, läten eller svordomar. Jag har periodvis haft väldigt mycket tics och ibland nästan inga alls.

Stamning är vanligare än man tror, men hos mig har den alltid varit väldigt påtaglig. Det innebär att det hakar upp sig och fastnar när jag pratar, ofta är det mer på vissa bokstäver än andra. Min stamning har haft olika omfattning beroende på humör och tidsperiod. Den värsta stamningen har jag vuxit ifrån. Jag vet faktiskt inte om stamningen beror på ADHD eller tourettes.

Aspergers syndrom fick jag för kanske åtta år sedan eller något sånt. Det är en komplicerad diagnos. Aspergers kallas numera för högfungerande autism och innebär bland annat en svårighet att se helheter och sammanhang, men en fantastisk känsla för detaljer som intresserar en. Ofta har personer med asperger problem med det sociala samspelet, främst på grund av deras specialintressen. Om man har Asperger har man ofta ett smalt och udda intresseområde som man är väldigt duktig på. Man kan också ha svårt att förstå ironi och sätta sig in i andras situation, men symptomen varierar förstås från person till person.

Bipolär sjukdom. När man är deprimerad och ledsen känns allt meningslöst. Motsatsen kallas mani och innebär en överdriven lycka, energi och kreativitet. När man har bipolär sjukdom kan humöret växla i korta eller längre perioder mellan depression och mani. Svängningarna sker ofta på någon dag eller två. En bipolär person har under sina deprimerade stunder svårt att se glädje eller kreativitet och är ofta väldigt trött. Men när den bipolära personen är manisk är denne positiv, pratglad och full av nya idéer och ibland till och med speedad.

Många hävdar att ADHD och Asperger är en gåva, men det är det inte. Det är en daglig kamp. Vissa kan hantera det, andra inte. Men många lär sig med tiden efter rätt behandling och stöd. Okunskapen om diagnoserna är fortfarande stor har jag märkt. Många hävdar att miljöaktivisten Greta Thunberg är utvecklingsstörd för att hon har asperger. De hävdar också att hon inte skriver sina egna tal. Detta visar på stor okunskap, då människor med asperger oftast är normalbegåvade och inte sällan har högre begåvning än genomsnittet.

Värst av allt tycker jag är folk som envisas med att säga funktionsvariation. Enbart för att de är så rädda för att kränka någon. Relax! Det fungerar alldeles utmärkt att använda orden funktionsnedsättning eller funktionshinder. Detta politiskt korrekta nyorden tillför ingenting mer än att de är stigmatiserande och svårare att uttala. Så snälla, sluta använda er av orden funktionsvariation. Ingen tycker ni är häftiga för att ni gör det.

Jag diskuterade en gång med en rabiat kvinna som på fullaste allvar hävdade att folk med ADHD inte skulle hållas ansvariga för sina handlingar, utan att deras diagnoser var en ursäkt för precis allting. Värst av allt var hur denna mansplainande politiskt korrekta satmara försökte förklara för mig vad mina diagnoser innebar, vilket hon bevisligen inte hade en aning om. Värst av allt är att hon jobbar med barn som har diagnoser. Stackars barn säger jag bara. När jag satte henne på plats trodde hon inte på att jag hade ADHD.

Denna attityd gör mig arg. Det är faktiskt inte okej att skylla på sina diagnoser. Alla har ett ansvar för sina handlingar. Med eller utan ADHD.