Famous People Diagnosed or Suspected of Aspergers
The Brilliant One
“My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a lone traveler and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude.” ~ Albert Einstein
What is an Aspie?
An "Aspie" is another name for a person who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Although the 'said' disability is considered an abnormal mental health condition, in fairness to those who have the diagnosis, they are actually more normal than most people think. There are thousands upon thousands of people who have this structure of thinking. Considered extremely bright, obsessive compulsive and socially awkward, these individuals have a hard time adapting and conforming to the 'said' normal world.
The distinction between men and women with Asperger is that men tend to be overly task oriented, brilliant, socially impaired, and less talkative inadvertantly showing the syndrome more whereas women with Asperger seem to fly under the radar, masking their distinction by appearing reserved, quiet and intelligent although sometimes having their head in the clouds type of personality.
According to the office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Asperger syndrome is listed as a "rare disease", affecting less than 200,000 people or 1 in 2,000 in the US population. In this day and age as we gain more information, and understanding of Asperger Syndrome, the label of "rare disease" is questionable terminology.
Do Not Feel Sorry For Them ... Applaud Them
Typical Asperger Traits
Withdrawn or Shy
Preoccupation With One or Two Areas of Concentration
Above Average Intelligence
Often Has a Lack of Common Sense
Difficulty With Communication of Thoughts or Feelings
Few Friends and Usually Ostracized
Absent Minded or Head in the Clouds Personality
Innate Sense of Goodness and Forgiving Nature
Lifelong Sense of Innocence
Vulnerable to Ridicule
Eccentric Habits or Concepts
Sensitive to Noise
Easily Taken Advantage of or Gullible
Anxious or Excitable When Not in Own Comfort Zone
Often Has Strange Phobias
The Mystical One
Historical Personalities Suspected of Having Asperger Syndrome
One could almost laugh at the notion that person with Asperger Syndrome are considered disabled or mentally incapable when some of the greatest minds in our history, notables such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Henry Ford, George Washington, Marilyn Monroe, and Amadeus Mozart and even of recent, the late Steve Jobs were just a few suspected as having Asperger Syndrome.
Alive and Kicking it
Here are some famous people in the today's world who have been diagnosed or suspected with Asperger's Syndrome:
Adrian Lamo ~ American Computer Hacker
Satoshi Tajiri ~ Creator and Designer of Pokemon
Dan Akrroyd ~ American Actor and Comedian
Gary Numan ~ British Singer and Songwriter
Clay Marzo ~ American Professional Surfer
Michael Burry ~ US Investment Fund Manager
Darryl Hannah ~ American Actress
“I never went on talk shows, never went to premieres. Going to the Academy Awards was so painful for me. I’d almost faint just walking down the red carpet. I was so socially awkward and uncomfortable that I eventually got blacklisted. Studio executives would call me but I’d be too shy to call them back. So after a while a couple of studios literally told my manager that I was blacklisted.” ~ Darryl Hannah
The Beautiful One
All in the Family
- Females With Asperger Syndrome | LIVESTRONG.COM
Asperger's syndrome is classified as an autistic spectrum disorder. Asperger's is similar to autism because it affects a child's interactions with others. Boys and girls diagnosed with Asperger's tend to be socially awkward, as well as very intellige
- Men with Asperger: The Facts
It is estimated that men with Asperger’s outnumber Asperger’s women by four to one. Read on to learn some more fascinating facts about Asperger’s men.
- Kids With Asperger Syndrome
Asperger syndrome (AS) is part of a group of diagnoses called "autistic spectrum disorders" - developmental disabilities that include autism and other disorders with similar characteristics.
The Talented One
Famous People With Asperger Syndrome
- Famous People with Asperger Syndrome
A list of famous people with Aspergers Syndrome described as having social skills deficits
- Famous People With Asperger Syndrome | WebDiagnosis.com
Read more about famous people with Asperger's syndrome, and find a list of famous people who have or may have the disorder.
A Tribute to Asperger Syndrome Famous
Which Famous Historical Figure Suspected of Having Asperger Syndrome do You Think Has Contributed Most to Humanity?
Personal Experience with Asperger Syndrome
For years my son was considered the difficult child. Not only by myself, but my family, teachers and acquaintances. He was thought to have Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder, and through the school age years had many episodes of drama, social rejection, and inconsistencies and changes in life due to biological and environmental issues.
It wasn't until he was nearly an adult did he find the right Psychologist who took the time to really study his habits and to our complete surprise he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which for some high-functioning borderline Autistic children, the diagnosis can be mistaken for Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder if not properly assessed. Of course, back twenty some odd years we were not as educated about the world of Asperger's as we are now. For years he had been placed on Ritalin, Dexedrine, and many other drugs that eventually fried his brain, which then caused a side diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder.
I often wonder had we the information then would my son now have to take anti-psych meds for a condition he might not have had due to a wrongful misdiagnosis? Unfortunately, we will never know. For this reason, I always suggest to those experiencing this difficult situation that is very important to have your child reexamined if they're given a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD and then placed on meds.
The good news is that my son functions on his own and with time he has matured to the point where he can make rational, safe decisions without having to worry so much for him. I find it very interesting that Benjamin Franklin was placed on the list of famous persons in history who were suspected of having Asperger since my son is directly descended through this brilliant man through the family line which makes me question the validity of environmental versus biological factors allotting for this syndrome.
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John Elder Robinson. Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's (September 25, 2007) Broadway Books; Reprint edition
Asperger-Syndrome.Me.UK. Retrieved from http://www.asperger-syndrome.me.uk/people.htm
Autism Citizen. Retrieved from https://autismcitizen.org/autism-a-learners-guide/asperger-syndrome/
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