George Osborne was accused of having AS because of his ability to retain random facts (at the expense of seeing the bigger picture, was the suggestion) – and he swiftly retorted that the journalist who said this must be confusing him with Gordon Brown, a man of limited social skills.During the last US presidential election, both candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, had the term thrown at them when they made awkward gaffes.If you are autistic, you may find it particularly difficult to overcome shyness, follow the dating norms of neurotypicals, and overcome the social stigma of autism.However, with perseverance and practice, anyone can have a successful dating life and find a happy partnership with someone who understand what autism really is and what it is not and knows that everyone is unique.However he did not start off as stereotypically autistic. Contrary to the stereotyoes of adults on the spectrum, my patient displayed no "meltdown" behavior, was keenly (TOO keenly) aware of people's reactions to him and exhibited no bizarre special interests or encyclopedic knowledge of vaccuum models.In fact, initially he presented as many of my patients do: shy, articulate, witty. In fact, "Joe", as we'll call him, socialized quite well.
Many cases, according to the NAS, never receive a formal diagnosis – largely because it can be hard to know where maleness ends and AS begins.According to the National Autistic Society (NAS), autism is an incurable developmental disability, in which one’s ability to communicate and relate to the outside world is impaired, meaning empathy (the drive to identify with others’ emotions), socialising and picking up on cues, such as subtlety or irony, are virtually impossible.The term Asperger’s was coined some 60 years ago, derived from the Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger, who believed that mildly autistic people could lead normal lives, especially if given the proper encouragement.Yet they feel shut out, left pining for connection with this special person who remains unreachable.It can be a confusing relationship, and one that can easily lead to resentment. When Joe would make an insightful comment during group session, this group therapist and members would share a hearty laugh, rolling their eyes that this sensitive man had been diagnosed as autistic. Shouldn't you be indifferent and focusing on dinosaurs? After a long day of running what he terms his "social program", feigning natural banter and hiding anxiety, he is exhausted.