When I was 11, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s, but my family and I didn’t accept the diagnosis. Due to financial reasons I stopped seeing a therapist. We used mental illness as the excuse for my withdrawing and not showing up for classes. I finally started seeing a therapist again when I was 13 at school though. We started exploring the diagnosis of Asperger’s again. I think it actually explains some of the bullying I experienced when I was in grade school and that I never say the right thing when I talk to people. I always misunderstand people too. I once asked a girl “don’t you eat too much?” because sometimes I can eat too much and she is really fat. She came up to me while I eating a snack so I thought she wanted some because no one ever comes up to me to talk. So I thought it would be something I could ask. She laughed and said “wow that was direct” and she walked away. I felt bad then. As she was walking away I tried to get her to meet my friend, but she just kept walking. I also have wondered about having Tourette’s Syndrome because that’s what people have told me they think I have. I sputter different words out without thinking about it. But now, I’m wondering if maybe it’s stimming? Can you explain what is stimming aspergers to me? I also flick my thumb and index finger against each other with my other fingers pointing up and moving when there is stimuli. I also have to pace when I listen to music because I can’t sit still. Can you help me know?