Could aspergers syndrome really be that bad? Can a person still function normally?

Yes, people with. aspergers can have a happy life. It provides an extra challenge that others don't have, but they have other challenges to deal with. Education is key. Please seek the support of a mental health professional who specializes in this, perhaps attend a support group, read. Peace and good health. Some folks find computers work and a more solitary job good for them.