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can you die from asperger's syndrome? would you have a shortened life span?

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Dr. Kimberly Erway
19 years experience Psychiatry
Nope.: Asperger's syndrome is a high functioning form of autism which affects an individuals communication and their development of social skills. Understanding of others emotions may be a challenge. Many individuals with asperger's are intelligent and successful, however they may have difficulty with interpersonal relationships.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
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Dr. Frank Gaskill
23 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
While social stuff can be really hard, Aspies have changed our world for the better. I think Aspergers is awesome... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg1Ngp1nGds
Feb 23, 2013
Dr. William Holmes
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
No and Possibly: Asperger's syndrome does not cause death, and it does not directly lead to a shortened life span. However, people with asperger's tend to have trouble with lack of awareness of their environment, so it is possible that this group of people may be at a higher risk of accidents, some of which could be life-threatening.
Answered on May 19, 2017
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