Obsessions and Asperger’s Syndrome are not detrimental. Obsessions can be a coping mechanism. A quote I found on the internet describes what I am talking about totally.
The quote says, ”My mind was constantly whirring with thoughts, worries and concerns. The time spent with my obsession was the only time in which I had a clear mind – it gave me that much sought-after relaxation.”
Most people affected by Autism have obsessions. Obsessions are strong and highly specialized areas of interest. Many children with Autism develop obsessions at a very early age.
Some obsessions change overtime while others last a lifetime. Topics and interests can vary widely among different people.
Their interests could be art, music, trains, computers, car registration numbers, bus or train timetables, postcodes, table tennis, traffic lights, numbers, shapes or body parts such as feet or elbows.
The number of different obsessions is innumerable. Many reoccurring themes for young children include Thomas the Tank Engine, Dinosaurs, or a favorite cartoon character.
My obsessions as a child did include Dinosaurs but I have a lifelong obsession with all things Pokémon.
Many people with autism may also become attached to certain kinds of objects. Objects like toys, figurines or model cars are common. Some more unusual objects include milk bottle tops, stones or shoes.
Collecting is quite common among people with Autism. I personally collect toys that light up. I have at least forty in my collection.
There are many accounts from multiple people with some form of autism that say that obsessions is an integral part to their overall wellbeing and happiness.
Obsessions are not detrimental someone with Autism, like it is commonly believed to be. Many turn their specialized interests into degrees, paid work, or other ways to bring meaning to their life.
In Conclusion Obsessions and Asperger’s Syndrome can bring order to an otherwise chaotic life by bringing order and predictability that helps people cope with life’s uncertainties.
Finally it is a way for a person to zone out after a long stressful day. Obsessions make us feel good and help us forget of the day’s arduousness.
Obsessions and Asperger’s Syndrome- Teddy Frost