Opinion:I have Asperger's; I am just like you
Find a mentor, write and be brave, says one man who has Asperger's syndrome.
December 20th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

Opinion:I have Asperger's; I am just like you

Editor's note: Michael Ryan is an assignment producer who works on the CNN.com homepage.

By Michael Ryan, CNN

(CNN) - I am not an expert on Asperger's syndrome. But I am an expert on me, and I have Asperger's.

And attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And a bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Having all three disorders together is not unusual, my doctor says.

Like you, I get angry sometimes. And, like you, I would never think of channeling that emotion into violence.

There is no direct connection between violence and autism. None. I don't break things. I don't hit my dogs. I keep a small Tupperware container in the house to catch insects so I can transport them safely outside before my cats or wife see them. I don't disparage hunters, but I could never kill another creature. I just don't have it in me.

For the most part, I am just like you, just a bit quirky. All right, a lot quirky.

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