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I have Asperger's Syndrome. Mitt Romney does not. And I'd like all of the internet clinicians who once saw an episode of Law and Order where the bad guy had Asperger's to keep their diagnosises to themselves.

Mitt does not have ANY of the symptoms of Asperger's/autism. People who have Asperger's tend to be MORE empathetic to other people, not less. Asperger's is NOT a synonym for sociopath. People with Asperger's aren't lacking empathy, they have trouble reading social cues. Because of this, Aspies often find themselves bending over backwards not to offend people because we can't always judge a person's reaction correctly.

People with Asperger's usually also have a hobby they obsess with and focus on. Does Mitt honestly strike you as the kind of guy who has ANY outside interests other than being President? Because if he did we would have heard about it. It also ironically would have humanized him.

Aspies also tend to be bullied and their inability to read social cues correctly makes them easy targets. The idea of a bully Aspie is laughable and would almost be funny if it weren't so ironic and hurtful.

For the sake of people with Asperger's and those who love us quit trying to diagnose anyone you don't like as one of us. I know it's easy to pick on The Other and try to put people in an easy to explain group but it's offensive. Mitt Romney is a jerk and an @$$hole. Contrary to popular opinion on this site that does not mean the same thing as someone on the autism spectrum.

For the record this post came from me reading the comments section to This post. Please be gentle in your responses to this diary because I often have trouble telling if people are mad at me or not. That's the main reason I post so few diaries.

Originally posted to Matt Z on Fri May 11, 2012 at 07:18 AM PDT.

Also republished by KOSpectrum, Mental Health Awareness, and Parenting on the Autism Spectrum.

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