This is a repost of an old post that got quite popular.
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 also get very angry when I hear all the rumours 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 extreme. It’s one thing to critisise her or have another opinion than her. But I’ve seen a lot worse than that. I have been forced to work with people who have the most evil and hateful thoughts about her.
I had a boss that almost everyday called her DAMP-Greta. DAMP is an older word for some variations of ADHD, and is still used as an insult for people who cannot control their anger. “Jag får DAMP”, means “I got DAMP”. When they say that, they mean that they get angry and lose their mind. Anyway. My boss often used that word. Even if I told him that I have the same diagnos as her, and that I feel targeted and uncomfortable when he talk 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, which I don’t even want to talk about here.
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 artists, had Aspergers.
The term Asperger is not given anymore. Today it’s considered as a moderate form of autism. But everyone who got their asperger diagnoses before the name change, still have it on paper. I got my Asperger diagnos just some years before they made that change. Asperger means that you have a peoblem with social communication. In general 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 unusual, theoretical or creative activities, like art, music, drawing or science. It’s hard for them to see the whole picture. Understatements and sarcasm or irony, might be hard for an aspie to detect. But our interest for details is often extraordinary.
If you have aspergers, you are often very good at theoretical, artistic and academic work, but you often have a problem with practical routines. That could be things like tying your shoes, cock food or drive a car.
Maybe the most detectable problem with most aspies, is our lack of sence for relevance in converstions and ability to see something from other people’s perspective. For example, a person with asperger often 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. This is just an example, it’s not always so extreme. But we could also have problems to identify understatements. It could be diddicult for us to detect people’s face expression or reaction that showsthat they don’t want to talk about a this anymore, or that they believe we talk too much.
This post is very exaggretated and stereotype, but I just wante to make it more simple to understand. All people with Aspergers are different and for some people, the aspergers is hard to notice at all. But, in general, this is often a struggle that we aspies are experiencing every day. Like myself, Greta, Einstein or Mozart and a lot of other people through history. Some other time, I will also tell you about my other diagnoses.
Have a great time, folks. <3