I chose Asperger’s Syndrome not only because it was an interesting topic, but also because I have personal connection with it. Once I found out what Asperger’s was by looking it up, I was intrigued by the syndrome and asked my parents about it. When I talked to them about it I found out that a relative has a mild case of it, and I got even more interested. This expands my learning because the neurological problem represents the fact that not everyone is intellectually the same. It teaches me more about how the brain functions and why it works the way it does. This is relevant because children to adults could still be diagnosed with it. This is important because Asperger’s isolates individuals from meeting others, and they don’t feel as important thus leading to bullying since differences are what seem to separate us as a community. Furthermore, most individuals in their adolescent stages in life try their best to fit it, but with Asperger’s it’s hard for them to do so.
This affects teens by making in difficult to fit in. Furthermore, it changes the way the brain mentally functions for any age. Although, you can out grow some Asperger’s traits it may be very difficult to be “normal” especially if you have a sever case of it. This also affects teens when they go to school. This is because most people with Asperger’s like everything to be the same and simple, although in school your schedule changes everyday and you have to face different people, and different subjects, and different teachers. It makes it awkward for those with Asperger’s when it comes to collaborating with others and making friends. In addition, they may enjoy talking about a certain topics but not others so they may be into things like science clubs, or book clubs. Also, they may have frequent tantrums if things don’t go their way, and feel anxious when it comes to socializing. Finally, they may have trouble dealing with their emotions and maintaining good behavior for the sake of others around them. After this Health Buzz, I learned more about neurological disorders such as Asperger’s, and how it can affect individuals. I learned that not everyone thinks the same or processes things the same. My thinking has changed for those around me, and how I treat them. If someone acts a certain way I don’t have the right to disrespect him or her because they could be going through something that they can’t control. In addition, Asperger’s is neurological and you can’t tell if someone has it just by looking at him or her. This influences my thinking about wellness because their are so many neurological and mental disabilities or syndromes that people have difficulty in controlling, and us as a community just has to understand that, that is who they are as a person and it won’t do any good in bullying others for their differences.