Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs

Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs

Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs

Aspergers in Love: Couple Relationships and Family Affairs

Synopsis

An examination of the fundamental aspects of relationships that are complicated by the disorder of Asperger Syndrome, this title is illustrated with real-life examples. The work tackles issues such as attraction, trust, communication, intimacy and parenting and includes a section on frequently asked questions.

Excerpt

Just over a year ago I received a phone call from a well-known television presenter who was toying with the idea of having a slot in his programme on Asperger syndrome (AS) and the difficulties it presents in couple relationships. He started by asking a few questions about AS.

'Well, first, what is this Asperger syndrome? I presume it is a mental illness and can be helped with medication–is it curable?'

'Asperger syndrome', I answered, 'is not a mental illness; it is a developmental disorder and it cannot be cured with medication or otherwise.'

'Oh! OK that's interesting,' came the reply. 'Yes–OK, but these people can't love can they? They don't have feelings, so they don't know how to love!'

'Yes, they can love,' I quickly corrected, 'and they do have feelings, but they have difficulty reading other people's feelings. Look, let me explain what Asperger syndrome is and isn't and then I will explain about AS and love.'

So many times I have been asked questions like these, yet it never ceases to surprise me when I discover how little is known about this disorder. Asperger syndrome affects at least one in every two hundred and fifty people. It is thought that the real figure is probably much higher because of the many people who remain undiagnosed.

The very fact that there are so many cases of Asperger syndrome yet to be discovered just highlights the lack of awareness by both public and professionals. So little is understood both from the public point of view and, far more dangerously, by professionals who owe it to the people they come into contact with to understand just what this invisible yet disabling syndrome is all about.

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