Johnny Knoxville wrote:
I have a friend who is sort of living in the past and obsessed with TV back from the early 90s e.g (EastEnders), i know this is sad but he suffers from Asperger Syndrome so he can't help it. He Just makes a show of me everywhere when he goes on about it, anyone know what i can do too help him release the past and get on with his life?
Speaking as a 19-year-old Aspergic person myself, I would say that generally these obsessions tend to go on for a long time. I know I've annoyed my parents & sisters and some friends with my "obsession" with Queen and anime and such, to name a few, in the past and present.
I myself am into old stuff too, when it comes to anime, vinyl records, and LaserDiscs. Those are hobbies IMO.
But regarding obsessions, the only thing I would suggest without resorting to having him put on meds to calm his obsessions, is to ignore the outbursts or "shows" as you call them, or tell him directly that you're annoyed with him constantly talking about that show. It'll hurt his feelings for sure, but he'll understand that not all people share his same "interests". I've been through that, so I think I can safely suggest such a thing.
Also, another thing with us Aspergics is that we're not easily able to accept change, so things have to be gradually changed over time, not in an instant.
We also can't handle criticism well, as far as I believe, but based on my experiences, it's helped me to learn to control my obsessions around others, and keep my interests to those who ACTUALLY share it with me (eg. anime)
If you have questions about me and how I deal with my Asperger's Syndrome, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org