Montville, Conn. (WTNH) - One man with Asperger Syndrome wrote a book he hopes will help others understand what it's like living with this condition.
Daryl Blonder calls himself an Aspie. He has Asperger's syndrome but prefers to classify it as high functioning autism.
"Basically we have trouble reading other people," he said. "We can't understand basic social cues. Very awkward around members of the opposite sex."
He says Aspies are generous and loving, but very egocentric.
"While I can certainly be in love with another person, the idea of nurturing something is really a foreign concept to me," Blonder explained.
His book "Problem Child Confessions of an Aspie" is an honest and insightful look into this often misunderstood disorder.
"Everyone else immediately went into groups, but I was left standing alone. How the other kids approached each other included several nuance social cues I did not understand," he recalled from his childhood.
Due to this, Blonder failed the gym class. His teacher told him that he had to get into a group, but did not realize why it was too hard for Blonder to do so. Puberty brought more challenges and heartache. He once sent anonymous gifts to a girl he liked.
"And she was afraid of me and I was really traumatized by that, so that really lead to a lot of running away from home," he remembered.
There were also suicide attempts and substance abuse.
"Without the support of my family I don't think I would have made it," he says.
Blonder bares it all with the hopes it will lead to new understanding. He paid for a billboard himself and set up appearances at places like the Waterford Public Library.
"I want people to understand how hard it is for us," he said.
Blonder says he doesn't think he wants to write another book but he wouldn't mind seeing this one made into a movie.
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