Investigation of Asperger's syndrome in adults takes too much aim at what seems normal than what lies deeper in a person, i.e. the hidden. But the problems for such a person can lie on a completely different level, including finding a balance between the family and a job. In some way or another, one of these areas will negatively affect the other, which can be a demanding situation.

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This is something that emerges in a new guest post by Gustav Koi. Here you can read the whole post.

He writes:

I have recently noticed that more people have difficulty being examined and getting an Asperger syndrome diagnosis for adult men and women.

There may be several reasons for this, of course, but what is happening again is that the public inquiry, then first and foremost adult mental health services, in some places takes too much aim at what at first glimce may appear as rather normal, than what is deeper in a person, that is, the hidden.

 

- You can not have Asperger's syndrome

Many people who desperately try to help their spouse or cohabitant become frustrated when they are rejected or when they are told that you can not have Asperger's after just one hour.

Now, for my part, I do not see it that everyone who thinks they have an autism condition, or Asperger's Syndrome, and who comes in for an examination, should carry out all the world's tests, turn every stone, and have the attitude that they must for all part find reasons to give the person a diagnosis.

What I still see is that adults who come in for an examination and who seem "highly functioning", yes perhaps very active, are not given good enough priority, since they see and seem so-called normal after a short time with observation of the person in question. 

What still surprises me then is that there are certain features that the investigators can easily place too much emphasis on that are, apparently good communication, good eye contact, and good facial expressions.

Those with good communication I can understand to a certain extent, since it can fall under one of the main criteria, namely: lack of, or limited social (emotional) interaction.

 

The problem lies on another level

But for an adult who may have family, may have learned a great deal on how to communicate.

But the problems for such a person can lie on a completely different level, including finding a balance between the family and a possible job. In some way or another, one of these areas will negatively affect the other, which can be demanding for anyone.

Those with Asperger syndrome need a lot of respite and rest for themselves to recover. Since most people are conscientious, this takes a lot of energy, something that others may not see so well.

First and foremost, it is those closest to you who notice this in different ways.

 

Lack of insight and lack of prioritization

After I have talked to someone who works in the health service in this area, those I have talked to admit that there may be several reasons why the investigation will be stopped after a short time.

One of the reasons may be that in some places there are several new and young psychologists who lack time in the health service to have the necessary insight in relation to people with Asperger's syndrome. Second, they need to focus on those who clearly show that they are having problems in order to continue receiving help.

A young but adult lady was refused an examination because she was not sick enough. Asperger syndrome is not a disease but a condition but often many, especially girls get many ailments in the wake of having Asperger syndrome.

 

A difficulty that often becomes visible in relationships

Personality also plays a role in how each individual can cope with this strange condition that Asperger syndrome is.

Some adults who may be living alone feel that they do not really need a diagnosis, since they are not bothered by depression or anxiety, or there may in fact also be ignorance about the diagnosis.

It is often the partner, especially the woman, who registers that something is not working properly between them.

They also often take the initiative to find out how he can get help, often through social media.

- Written by Gustav Koi, author and communicator.