Apr 3, 2012, 07:37 PM
I have a neurological condition known as Asperger Syndrome. It is a very mild form of Autism. Sometimes due to this I have a characteristic stare that makes people feel uncomfortable because they think I am staring at them (google asperger stare, you will see what I am talking about). I have literally in the past had women file sexual harrasment complaints against me at work because I was making them feel uncomfortable (this was before I knew I had Asperger Syndrome so I did not know I could use the ADA to help me). I did not even know who these women were because for an Asperger Syndrome sufferer it is subconscious when we do this. Because of this I now work from home living a very hermetic lifestyle only going out once and a while because the world thinks I am a weirdo. I am having some surgery coming up and now I am afraid the nurses when I am recovering are going to think I am a weirdo and not feel comfortable around me. I can not control it. Unfortunately, I have discovered most of the medical community does not know a lot about Asperger Syndrome (unless they are a Psychiatrist or a Neurologist) so I will be unable to explain this to them. Does anyone have any ideas how I can try to tell these nurses that I am not a weirdo that I just have a neurological condition that is not well known?