Definitions / Disorder


Etymology: L, dis, apart, ordo, rank / Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009, Elsevier.

a disruption of, or interference with, normal functions or established systems, as a mental disorder or nutritional disorder.

Sometimes going back to definitions of commonly used words provides insight, in this case the phrase “normal functions or established systems” points to an important pair of questions: Who gets to define “normal” functioning? Who gets to establish systems?
Obviously it’s not Asperger children and adults! We have our own type of brain, which functions in ways that are “normal” for us. Concrete, detailed, fact-based, integrated with physical reality – often predominantly visual or mathematical language users. Individual, not social; introverted with the ability to focus on interests and learning, plus a WIDE WORLD of nature, science and art occupies our lives.
I don’t know what it will take to get social people to see that we have our normal functions and established systems. It is the social world that presents chaos, broken systems, myopic opinions, brutality and injustice and intolerance of variety.

5 thoughts on “Definitions / Disorder

  1. Normal means standard, or in other words something that the majority of people are or an action or behaviour that they perform. What is normal for one group or society may not be the norm for another one. The word normal is arbitrary and meaningless. Or normal can mean of average intelligence, emotion, personality. why would someone desire to be average? Or sane? Normal also means sane. (Again relative on the person perceiving and the person observing) Or free of mental disorder. (Mmmm. Depends on the diagnosis, and the preconceived opinions on the practitioner. Again, relative. Depends also on what you want to gain from the visit.) Do we slip in and out of normality? Of sanity? Do we glimpse moments of each? Do we hover in between, depending on our mood, stress levels, placement in life? Life is not static, it is always in motion like a tree standing in the ground, perceived as stationary yet is constantly moving with the the wind, the environment, with growth. The more appropriate question would be then… “what is normal for me?”


    • I don’t know if situational depression is an official term – it’s what I call it, since it’s a reaction to specific situations that arise from human behavior. I think some people call it existential depression. What I notice going on, at least in the U.S. is the use of “normal” to differentiate people who don’t commit crimes from people who do. As soon as certain types of crime occur, the person is labeled as mentally ill: If we could just hunt down and drug or lock away mentally ill people – no more crime – in white middle class neighborhoods, that is. It’s amazing how “normal” people plan and commit heinous crimes, and the family and neighbors insist that he or she was loving, kind, perfectly sane, giving, the nicest person on earth. So much for neurotypicals having a clue about human behavior. And, no one seems to worry about black on black crime that goes on every day – racism is alive and well in the U.S.


      • We are all prejudice to a degree, some people are just cringe worthy with their actions and thoughts whereas others do so from ignorance. From racism to stupidity. Tolerance and acceptance doesn’t seem too much to ask of another, but it seems so.


        • Yes, but one could hope that prejudice can be based on experience (and be positive) and not on archaic, knee-jerk beliefs. I’ll be humming along on my Aspie path, and then hear people (mothers) gossiping about someone else’s terrible autistic child – no sympathy, just cruel remarks about segregating them or that there used to be mental asylums for “kids like that.” It’s shocking.


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