Because of the ways in which they tend to differ from the norm, many people with an Asperger profile report having been bullied and/or excluded from groups, both as children and as adults. This history of rejection can impact Asperger individuals’ ability to trust others; they might be more cautious and emotionally guarded around certain people as a result of anxieties and fears of social exclusion. While they might not receive an official diagnosis of PTSD, the effects and trauma of sustained exclusion should not be underestimated. It can be very helpful to those with an Asperger profile to associate with positive, inclusive groups that enable them to experience belonging. Groups formed around specific areas of interest can often serve this purpose, establishing spaces where detail-oriented knowledge is valued.
Asperger Profiles: What We Know
By AANE Staff