Though it can be inspirational to hear that a celebrity has Asperger’s, it tends to be more annoying than anything else, especially in the cases where someone admits it and was diagnosed long ago, but hasn’t come out and said it until now.
There are a lot of breakthroughs being made in autism research, and psychologists are starting to understand it more and more. I feel it’s become “mainstream”, even. The diagnosis rate is going up, and people are either getting diagnosed as adults or coming out and saying they’ve had it all their lives.
As inspirational as that can be, again, it’s annoying. It’s like saying that these famous people were afraid of what that fact would do to their image when they were becoming famous, like having it was a really bad thing. Now that being diagnose with ASD is actually becoming “popular”, it’s no longer a bad thing, so they can come out and say it without fear of people treating them like a leper.
At least, that’s the impression I got. I never once was ashamed of my diagnosis, and never tried to hide it. Sure, I’m not famous, but if actually could sing or act, I’d say it from the start that I have ASD. As soon as I was diagnosed, I told everyone, because it suddenly felt like there were explanations for my behavior. I wasn’t using it for popularity, nor was I afraid that it was “uncool” or “cool” to have it.
That’s the entire thing; ASD is a social developmental disorder. I have to wonder about some of these people who claim to have it these days (if they got a proper diagnosis, or are just lying to make themselves more “interesting” to the public and media), because I never understood “cool” or “uncool”, and that applied to my diagnosis of Asperger’s. If they were able to understand that mentioning it back then could cause them to be seen as “uncool” or decrease their popularity, then I find it dubious that they truly have ASD.
By Nikki J.
AuTalkz is the product of Aspie artist Nikki J.