Think of it like the weather.
A large city might have a forecast of RAIN but 70% of the territory doesn't get any precipitation.
The FORECAST is like a DIAGNOSIS.
Humans are complex organisms. It is possible to experience "weather" of the mind. Some days, some situations are filled with varying kinds of "weather."
Our well-being is part of a factory in the brain (and body) manufacturing chemicals and a nervous system transmitting electrical signals.
It really doesn't take much to throw that into a nightmare scenario.
We are fragile.
We are really all quite susceptible to many malfunctions.
I've struggled with what used to be called Aspergers all my life, NOT knowing what was wrong with me until the same things began happening to my small son. I looked at the questionnaire the physician and therapists gave Nicholas, and I started seeing MY situation reflected there! What a huge relief!
Having Autism Spectrum disorder is a Grayscale.
If you are compulsive about issues of control and you're fascinated by numbers AND you work as a CPA, your "disorders" perfectly match your job and you'll do well.
If not--the same manifestations will work against you.
LIFE IS ABOUT ADAPTING TO ENVIRONMENTS WHICH CHANGE.
Asperger's is a kind of DESCRIPTION of SYMPTOMS.
The parts we worry over are the parts described as DISORDERS.
IF YOU CAN'T ADAPT to your surroundings and you exhibit SYMPTOMS which single you out with behaviors
working against you--you have "suffered."
What is the difference between FUNCTIONING and NON-functioning Asperger's people?
What's the difference between a flashlight with fresh batteries and one with weak batteries?
The neural pathways and chemistry of your brain are physical realities.
We are not all born with fully functioning flashlight batteries, but with ones which may not fully charge.
Some people can learn to work around these problems with proper balances of medication over a period of time. it requires adjustments, patience, and a vigilant physician.
It took my son, Nicholas, almost 21 years to find exactly the right balance of medication. When it finally happened, it was a miraculous transformation from a sullen, petulant, control-freak with no sense of humor into a lovely, gregarious human being with laughter and compassion.
What went wrong and what went right?
Batteries in the flashlight.