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Terrifying Facts about Asperger's

Updated on April 28, 2017
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Rachel has a child with high functioning Asperger's. She works to try and bring knowledge about the syndrome so it might be understood.

It is nearly 100% impossible to treat.

Asperger's hasn't responded to any modern medications or treatments. The best that they can hope for, currently, is to get a good therapist.

Sadly, for such a devastating disorder, little is actually known and even less is understood about this syndrome. It creates disorders within itself such as depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and a plethora of other problems that cannot be treated in a conventional manner; as it simply does not respond.

It is incredibly difficult to diagnose

This is a sad reality of Asperger's Syndrome. There is no "official" diagnosis available for it, it is more like a highly educated guess. There are signs and symptoms of the disorder, but there is nothing solid and definitive.

It could take a person seeing many different types of specialists before any doctor is comfortable saying that the person actually is believed to have Asperger's. Even then it can be disputed and not a lot can be done to counter.

Without a proper diagnosis, people cannot hope to get over what ails them and get better. Sufferers often feel alienated from others because they cannot give an actual account of what is wrong with them.

People living with Asperger's feel incredible hopelessness

With all the issues that surround someone with Asperger's, it isn't hard to believe that they would get down from time to time. However, people that register on the Autism Spectrum feel and process things differently.

Where a typical person might get down for a while, but know that it will pass and get better, the person with Autism tends to not be able to see that far ahead. All they see is hopelessness and nothingness. There is no light at the end of the tunnel and there is no escape.

The depression that comes with Asperger's cannot be treated

Because depression with Asperger's is not the same as the more common mental health depression, the use of typical medications do not work.

Normal depression, (if there is such a thing), can often be well treated and handled with the use of medications that increase the Serotonin in the brain. The person with Asperger's depression does not have that chemical imbalance, they have something else. Therefore, they cannot treat it with normal medicine.

Instead, the only current treatment is to see a therapist, but even then it isn't properly maintained. A therapist can only help talk to the sufferer, but they cannot give them anything to help. Even they will admit that they can't help much.

People with Asperger's have higher suicide rates than nearly anyone.

Because it is so difficult to treat, people living with it often become so hopeless that they decide that the only thing they can do to end the suffering, is to commit suicide.

It is a hard and unforgiving existence to be so affected by a legitimate disorder, but have no possible way out of it. Most people that have mental health issues can often find medications that will help them to cope. For the Asperger's patient, there are no medications, there is no treatment. This is why they become so hopeless.

It is sad to imagine living with depression, anxiety, panic and bi-polar syndromes with no possible way to even get relief from it when it goes manic, but that is exactly where that forlorn feeling comes from.

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Asperger's was just labelled on the Autism Spectrum.

While, in theory, this might seem like a good thing, because Autism is a lot more understood that Asperger's, putting it there actually makes it worse for sufferers.

The reason is because Autism itself was just updated to be a singular disorder that stands out from the rest, that c;umps together several other, smaller, disorders. This gives the spectrum such a wide range that it is too difficult for specialists to pick the one or two things a person has and treat them.

Doing normal things is stressful

Asperger's is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means that people that suffer from it aren't mentally built like other people. There are some very highly functional people with Asperger's that are able to attempt a more normal existance, but for the most part, just being around other people can cause a panic attack.

For the person with Asperger's, something as simple as someone asking them where the bathroom is could potentially set off an attack. This is because their brain can't focus exactly the way other people's does, instead it locks up and freaks out.

Just being around other people can cause an Asperger's sufferer to have a panic attack. While they may not seem like a person that needs to be alone, sometimes that is exactly what they need. Either being alone or in a very small group of people is the only way they can function properly.

One of the biggest downfalls of this, however, is being alone makes the sufferer incredibly lonely. If you know a person that suffers from Asperger's Disorder, try to be patient and understanding; it is hard for them to be away from you as well, but sometimes it is what they need.

Most people with Asperger's live their entire lives without knowing they have it.

This one kind of seems like it would be a good thing, but with Asperger's it isn't a "what you don't know won't hurt you" type of situation.Instead, they suffer in a way that is nearly unimaginable for most people.

Since depression works differently with Asperger's, most medications to treat it, as mentioned above, don't help. Therefore, they are left not understanding why they feel so bad and why nothing will fix them.

Imagine someone having something wrong with them, something hurting, but doctors and specialists look them over and say that nothing is wrong, however that person knows that they are hurting. Now they have to live with this pain that can't be determined or treated. It is a terrible fate.

Workplaces refuse to hire people suffering from the disorder

This is another unfortunate side effect of Asperger's Disorder. If a workplace gets wind that the potential worker candidate has a disorder such as Autism or Asperger's, they willtypically shy away.

The reason isn't as simple as saying that they just don't want to hire people that have mental health issues, it is much deeper than that.

People that live with Asperger's have to receive a special type of treatment, and workplaces must accommodate for that. Most people, especially in a working environment, don't want to have to make changes in their jobs just to make sure it is comfortable and easy for one other person.

It sounds harsh, but it is the truth. Also, people with any type of issues can be a serious liability to a company, this is one of the main reasons that they start looking somewhere else when they start hiring.


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    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      My daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's in her late teens after having emotional issues since birth. She had previous diagnoses of separation anxiety disorder, depression, social anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder. We had her evaluated prior to attending a junior college, and this was when she received the Asperger's diagnoses. Since then, she has developed schizo-affective disorder as well. It has been a roller-coaster ride! She did not do well in college and was unable to work at any employment without triggering major issues. Thankfully, we keep a very controlled environment in our home and she is able to function there semi-normally.