Dopamine turnover in Asperger Syndrome

This website is a showcase for my writing. However, I don’t just write fiction. Three years ago, I got myself diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS), which remains a poorly-understood condition, particularly in women. Following my diagnosis, I set out to understand the causes and effects of AS.

In short, I did a great deal of reading and delved deeply into the scientific literature, which itself is far from reaching a consensus. My reading pointed towards AS being a hypo-dopaminergic disorder (similiar to ADHD, although very different in its visible symptoms) and this is the idea I pursued. To order my thoughts, I began to write them down.

This evolved into a scientific paper of my own, which is a review of the literature on hypo-dopaminergic conditions and my hypothesis on how AS fits into this model. Since I am not a qualified neurologist attached to an academic institution, paying the fee necessary for publication in a recognised scientific journal is beyond my means, although I would greatly prefer to publish it following peer-review. Therefore I present my paper here in the hope that it might eventually contribute in some way to the ongoing research on AS.

6 thoughts on “Dopamine turnover in Asperger Syndrome

  1. I don’t know if many researchers have fans, but you are now an example of a researcher with at least one devoted fan.

  2. Dopamine has been similarly observed to regulate social reward-seeking behaviour in animals: male starlings with reduced dopamine signalling stop singing to attract mates. Female starlings with reduced DA signalling become less likely to respond to male overtures.

  3. I don’t have AS but have battled depression all my life. I still research it sometimes but today I mostly just accept it. I recognize the symptoms as depression, not valid emotions and feelings, and just try to do the best I can. I’ve had years of deep, dark depression where life just wasn’t worth the pain but I endured. Today with treatment, especially medication, and recognizing what I need to do to manage it I have a mostly happy life. I’m 76 and happily married. My life doesn’t just belong to me; whatever life throws at me I just have to do the best I can.

    I wish you the best in life and hope that you’ll be able to write more. Your books have been one of the things that help me to keep hanging on.

    • Thank you, Wayne. Glad to hear you’ve found a way through everything. I’m OK and will write more when I can. Since I got over cancer I’ve been training to be a pharmacy tech.

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