A 38-year-old member asked:
what is the difference between being socially awkward and having aspergers?
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Dr. Gregory Goldman answered
11 years experience Clinical Psychology
Asperger's is more: Although Asperger's involves social skills deficits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome#Social_interaction), that is only one aspect of the disorder (which in the new DSM is now placed on a continuum called Autistic Spectrum Disorder). Another key aspect is stereotyped and restricted patterns of behavior (see Wikipedia article above). A clinical psychologist can help differentiate.
Answered on Apr 23, 2019
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