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Can you die from having asperger syndrome?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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No: Asperger's syndrome is a set of symptoms on the autism spectrum. These symptoms can interfere with social function but are not life-threatening.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Actually, Asperger's is a gift if somebody can help you learn social skills which don't come as naturally to you as to other folks. Some of our greatest scientists have been "Aspies", and there's a joy in losing yourself in mental work that "normal folks" can't ever experience. Be polite, listen to others, learn to read body language, relationships are more important than being right, etc.
Jan 23, 2012
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Child Psychiatry 50 years experience
Not directly: There is no fatal aspect to asperger's itself. However, some people find the social isolation and other difficulties of living so painful that suicide may become a real risk. There is real help available and people with this condition who want that help should know it is out there.

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