I am an adult with Asperger's and I am not really buying the "Aspie friendly diet" theory. Maybe it is true for some people, but I just don't believe there is a blanket reason for the occurrance of ASD in people.

This was really brought into focus for me recently when a friend's husband suffered pretty substantial brain trauma. He was neuro-typical before the accident. After the accident, though, he began to exhibit Asperger-like characteristics. This includes the sensory issues, social awkwardness and even interpersonal interactions. He can no longer "read" facial expressions, has no "social filters" and many other aspie characteristics.

It is neurological, the way we are wired. Whether it is due to injury, heredity, environment or "luck of the draw" is really not so important as encouraging understanding and acceptance.

It is very hard being an aspie, especially an adult. I have been bullied and some people think I am making up my condition so they are mean to me.

I would like to see regular doctors trained or at least have some knowledge of AS. A couple of years ago I twisted my ankle but the x-ray did not show anything. I did not really feel any pain, it just felt strange. I walked on it for three weeks before going to the doctor for an unrelated matter. He took one look at my ankle and sent me for an MRI. My ankle was broken - and I had been walking on it for three weeks.

Doctors don't understand this, though. They think that if the patient doesn't feel pain that they aren't hurt. But that isn't true. I don't know who to educate people on this, but they need to know. Emergency responders, doctors, nurses all need to have at least a basic understanding of AS, to at least realize that we are different, we experience the world differently and we may not act the way their neuro-typical patients may act.

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