My friends (parents and advocates in the local autism community) often talk about or joke about the possibility of us all having Asperger's Syndrome. While I don't think that there is a single person on this planet that doesn't have a quirk, there is a good reason why parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might suspect they have Asperger's Syndrome or high functioning autism.
While some people argue that ASD is caused by environmental triggers, ASD can also be a genetic disorder. Because of the genetic aspect of ASD, I suspect it is not uncommon for parents start to wonder about themselves after their child has been diagnosed.
Because I'm the mother of a nine-year-old boy with autism, I've wondered about myself. I really don't know for sure one way or the other. Opinions from other people about yours truly tend to vary. I'm content to say I'm just a bit quirky. However, I admit when I saw this AQ (A, as in Asperger's) test on a blog called The Pie Palace, I jumped at the chance to take it.
The disclaimer on the sight emphasized that the test is just for fun and that is the main reason I took it. My results: I scored a 24. That was the score needed to get the title "Math Contest Winner." Math was one of my weakest areas in school, so I found the title to be both amusing and ironic. My husband scored a 16. Nearby scores had titles aimed at females. He works with mostly women at an academic library, but is by no means effeminate.
The range to claim Asperger's Syndrome is 32-50. I suppose if you score in that range and want to pursue it further, you'll have to say something to your physician. Your doctor will then most likely refer you to a specialist (psychologist or psychiatrist) for an expensive diagnostic test. I'd only go that route if you think there might be a benefit in getting diagnosed. (That was the advice given to me by my counselor, whom I no longer need to see, and also my wise husband.)
Anyway, I realize many of you have probably stumbled upon this test already, but for the rest of you I'd highly recommend it. It takes quite a few minutes to complete, but is worth the time. The site is popular and has seven hundred or more comments. If you want to comment on your score here, I'd be happy to publish it and you'd have a better chance of having your comment noticed (well maybe by a few of us anyway.) Have fun.