|Posted by Admin on April 30, 2012 at 10:50 PM|
I saw this question in the search options, and I decided that I'd better take a moment to answer it for people. So if you've found yourself on this page by searching this, I hope that you'll understand the following.
I have Asperger's. I can also be lazy sometimes. However, these two traits are COMPLETELY unrelated. My household dictionary describes the term "lazy" as being "Unwilling to work". However, with Asperger's, it's not about being unWILLING to work, but unABLE. I can get to a point where I am so overwhelmed, overstimulated, exhausted, distraught- you name it, that I'm at a point where I'm not CAPABLE of working. No matter how much I WANT to, or TRY to, I will have a meltdown because my body and mind cannot continue.
Compare it to speeding down the highway while it's pouring rain, the windshield wipers don't work, you can't pull over, the radio is at full blast because it's broken, there is a siren coming up from somewhere behind you, and you have a passenger asking you to answer an algebra question. Are you unWILLING to continue driving, or are you unABLE to? Can you drive? Not really. Are you lazy in this situation? Absolutely not.
Don't get me wrong, I am human. Therefore, I am lazy every so often. Yes, there are many times I don't want to get up in the morning. I don't always feel like practicing my piano. And to be honest, who really WANTS to do chores?
But please understand, there is a difference between the not WANTING and the not being ABLE.
No, Asperger's does NOT make you lazy. It seems to do the opposite, in fact. I WANT to be able to do so much more sometimes, but I'm not always ABLE to. So I do the best I can. (And honestly, that's a LOT!)