It might seem arrogant, but I don't feel any need to take a series of sophisticated tests to determine if I have Asperger's. Having spent a few hours online researching the topic, it has become entirely clear to me that this has been apparent since I was 10 years old.
Looking back, I think my father had Asperger's. Although he wanted to relate to his children, he simply wasn't capable of showing any real warmth or interest in any of us. He preferred to be by himself most of the time, just as I do, and had no chance of having a successful relationship with my mother.
It is unfortunate that I didn't gain this understanding at a much earlier age, as I probably would have adjusted my way of living to accept the limitations that Asperger's tends to impose. Instead, I tried to be too ambitious in my business, and have failed in too many ways.
Fortunately I don't have too much trouble in relating to other people in a reasonably satisfactory manner, although a close and warm relationship is well beyond me. However for many years I suffered a severe depression, and wonder if this was at least partly caused by the Asperger's.
Anyone who knows me at all well must consider me to be eccentric and quirky, but probably doesn't have much idea of how psychologically disabling the disorder can be. From now on I will try to accept my limitations as well as I can, and not take on any challenges which could be too demanding.
I hope that everyone who reads this post is also able to cope satisfactorily.