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Hi, world. My name is Michael, and I’m 15 years-old and entering my freshman year in high school.

As a teenager, living with Asperger’s syndrome is very difficult. Growing up, people labeled me as an “annoying freak with no friends.” And being the person I was, I couldn’t figure out why. I told my parents every time it happened, but I never mentioned any specific names because I was afraid that the kids doing it would get mad at me for reporting them.

In fourth grade, my parents decided to take me to a social specialist to figure out if I needed any specific help or if I had any form of Autism. The results came back that I had Asperger’s syndrome. I never understood what it was until I started seeing a social worker in school.

I really realized that having Asperger’s had been a problem for me in my life when I entered middle school. Kids around me wouldn’t want to be around me because I apparently annoyed them on purpose, which was a lie. They didn’t understand that I had trouble understanding their social cues.

Almost every night I would cry myself to sleep because I felt like I had no friends, that I was all alone in school with no one to talk to.

Each year got a little bit better. After hearing that all the middle school drama would soon diminish in high school, I became, and still am to this very moment, incredibly excited and ready for another school year.

Each day, during lunch period, I would either sit alone or have a teacher force the kids at another table to allow me to sit down. In doing that, I would try to include myself in the conversation. All I would get would be a silent glare or somebody telling me off for no reason at all.

I got through this by talking to people alone in the hallways. Some of whom were the people I sat with at lunch and realizing that they were going along with their peers simply because they were afraid that they would be treated like I was.

Don’t be upset because you don’t think people like you. Many of them do, they just might be scared by what might happen if they confess to it.

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    texasguy94

    I have it. I’m a 20 year old male and I never had a girlfriend. Life can suck with Asperger’s.

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    CReason

    my 9 yr old daughter has it & its hard 4 her 2.

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    Rubykins

    GOD BLESS YOU DEAR ONE!!  NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER FORGET GOD IS ALWAYS BY YOU SIDES!!  I’ll Pray for you. MUCH LOVE .

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    Hiria

    Hi! I’m from New Zealand, and I have asperger’s too! I was diagnosed when I was ten, but before I was diagnosed, I just thought I was hopeless. Mum said she always knew that there was something different about me, but she wasn’t sure what. Although I was bullied, I luckily had my friends and family to support me (I still do!), and I will always be grateful for them in my life

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    Ruth Mckenney

    define    Aspergers Syndrome?   what does it do to people?

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      ReachOut

      Hi Ruth, Thanks for your interest and questions. Asperger’s Disorder (also referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome) is a type of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are lifelong developmental disabilities, that are very common. In fact research shows that about 1 in 110 children have an ASD (Aspect- 2011). The word ‘spectrum’ is used because the range and severity of the difficulties people with an ASD experience can vary widely. ASDs include asperger’s disorder, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder – Sometimes the word “autism” is used to refer to all ASDs. Individuals with Asperger’s disorder have difficulties with social interaction and social communication as well as restricted and repetitive interests, activities and behaviors. Individuals with Asperger’s disorder do not have a significant delay in early language acquisition and there is no significant delay in cognitive abilities or self help skills. With the support of family, friends and service providers, individuals with ASD can achieve a good quality of life. Thanks for letting the ReachOut crew know we need more info about ASD’s on our site ☺

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