After reading this article on /., I decided to pay a couple of visits to a psychologist who is a friend of my mother's. She has not given me a definite diagnosis yet, and she says I might have to go through more ['sessions', 'tests', 'doctors'] before I get a final diagnosis. But she says that from what she has seen, I'm quite "aspergerish".
That would explain a lot of things about me, and though it's only been a short trip, it's been an interesting one, and it's only going to get more interesting. It would explain why I was reading books on the evolution of the human species from tiny hominids at age 4, fooling around with BASIC at age 7 (on an osborne, mind you), yet still completely socially inept even now at age 22.
It would explain why I can lose myself and lose track of time when I sit down to program (my workday feels like a mere 5 minutes) yet I can't manage a simple conversation with anybody without the other end of the conversation managing some sort of gross misunderstanding or somehow feeling offended by something I said because of my poor nonverbal communication skills and lack of tact.
It would explain why I always carried the "stigma" of being very, veeeery "different" from everybody else in ['school', 'college', 'whatever'].
I used to think that I was just an idiot, but now it kind of makes me feel nice knowing there's a medical term for my kind of idiocy.
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