I believe Introductions are in order…

It occurs to me that not everyone visiting this blog will know who I am. Even if, let’s be honest, the first many visitors will be friends and family that I pester, hehe.

So, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Karsten, I’m 35 years old, I live in Denmark, northern Europe. I am currently unemployed, and have been so for nearly 8 years, apart from a brief education. I like football (European AND American), Computers, and good food. And music. Definitely music.

It has been about 6 months since I got my diagnosis. I am high functioning, which is part of the reason it’s taken so long for someone to put two and two together. To be fair, even I didn’t expect – much less know – what was going on in my head. Most people just figured I was a bit weird, with a tendency to get bouts of depression. Well, turns out there was a reason for that.

One of the questions that inevitably arrises when I tell people is “So what does that mean, high functioning aspergers?”. Which is a natural question. Aspergers is already a broad diagnosis, and adding the wonderfully specific term of ‘high functioning’ doesn’t do anyone any favours. Basically, I share a lot of the same challenges as other Aspergers you may know or be aware of, albeit some to a lesser extent. I’m still socially inept, I still get obsessive over my heartfelt interests, I still can’t cope very well with lack of structure and/or planning. Rapid changes can cause me to melt down, and stress gets to me fairly easily. It also tends to indirectly reinforce my introverted side. It’s just easier to not be social when you’re not very good at it.

So that’s a little bit about me. I’ll be going into more details as I experience more ‘triggers’ or ‘aspy moments’, do discuss what affected me, why I think it did, and hopefully some insight into what I can do to compensate for those situations in the future. This is as much about learning, as it is about teaching.

Untill next time, stay wonderful

-AA

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