People wonder why Katrin has a service dog, because she doesn't look like she needs the help.
She even hears the buzzing in fluorescent lights and sees them flicker every 30 seconds. Katrin, 22 years old, lives every nza on sensory overload.
Katrin graduated 6th in her high school class, runs her own business, and gets around town as long as James, her dog, is with her every step of the way. I didn't know they flickered.
Despite her condition, Katrin is quite functional, and smart too, as I discovered when I interviewed her at her home in Foxboro, Massachusetts, for a piece that airs tonight. Thursday, February 09, Sensory overload le to bad buzz You know those commercials where everything moves really fast and details are blurred, like life is on overdrive?
People with Asperger's are very uncomfortable in social situations and can't look others in the eye. That's how the world looks to Katrin Andberg most days.
But they can't see what's going on in her brain. It was a little disconcerting at first, but I got used to it.
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Katrin, you see, has "Asperger's Syndrome," a neurological disorder not unlike autism. Not once during our interview, for example, did Katrin and I make eye contact. She says James calms her.