I'll try to be brief. I have a character that is supposed to be a genius (present time, europe), he has Eidetic Memory and can access that knowledge at will. However, as I was researching Eidetic Memory and children considered geniuses I realized that some of them have their abilities due to a disorder or pathology that disables them in other areas.
As for Eidetic Memory I came across Asperger Syndrome and I thought it would be quite natural for my character to have that disorder. However I read that Asperger's can be meassured like the Bipolar Disorder or Autism, but then another source said that Asperger's unlike Autism could not be graded.
That got me confused. If Asperger's cannot be graded then I'm afraid I cannot use that for my character and I really would like a limitation for him.
Then I thought that if not Asperger's he might have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) considering the amount of imformation this character would have inside his brain, it makes sense he would tend to get distracted. I read the case of a girl who had Eidetic Memory and ADD, because her brain worked at such a furious speed to gather information that she lost concentration because of the most stupid things, like a fly, a bell, or light reflected over a piece of glass.
So now, question: Can Asperger Syndrome be graded like Bipolar Disorder or Autims? And, can someone with Eidemic Memory also have ADD?
Thanks before hand for your help
Well, I have a friend who has Bipolar Disorder and she's a completely normal person. Then one of my colleagues at work had a breakdown and I learned she was bipolar too. SO I asked my friend and she told me Bipolar Disorder, as well as Autism have different degrees.
Like my friend has 0.5 (I think) and this co-worker or mine had 2.
So it is not a definite disorder? As if all affected act the same.
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