The Autistic Me part 6 of 6

A BBC documentary about 3 men with varying degrees of autism trying to escape the limbo between childhood and adulthood. Oli has “high functioning” autism and is desperate to be employed. Alex has Asperger’s syndrome and he’s looking for love. Tom is a young man with an autism spectrum disorder and he just wants to be like other people his own age. Overall the documentary presents a powerful picture of the struggles these young men face in overcoming their disorder.

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Love, Asperger Syndrome and the Big Apple

“Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.” – Henry David Thoreau “Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What is love? Ask ten different people and you will doubtlessly receive ten different answers. With few exceptions, these responses will be emotional in nature, ranging from sentimental to deeply passionate, bittersweet to just plain bitter… Yet, ask a person with Asperger Syndrome the same question and you may provoke a spontaneous, longwinded lecture on the motivating role of dopamine and norepinephrine in human reproduction.

Chances are the Aspie knows his stuff, but if love is nothing more than a chemical reaction, what exactly is the reaction’s catalyst? What makes a person fall in or out of love? Do we choose love or does it choose us? Why are some willing to die for it and others spend their lives running from it? These are the mysteries that elevate love to mythic heights within the hearts and minds of neurotypicals. So you want to make that longwinded Aspie shut up? Just ask them to define “true love.”

Before being diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome [...] continue the story