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Select right doctor: I see a lot of individuals with aspergers syndrome in my practice. It is often misdiagnosed or completely missed. Symtoms comes in wide spectrum. I would recommend you to see either psychiatrist or psychologist who has experience diagnosing and treating aspergers. Management typically depends on severity of social impairment. Behavioral therpay and/or medication found to be useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just diagnosed...: ...at age 36? Usually it is diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Asperger's is a type of autism with normal intelligence and language development. People with Asperger's have a difficult time relating to other people (the very definition of autism) and stereotyped interests or behavior. Asperger's is no longer a separate diagnosis in the DSM-5 and is now part of "autism spectrum disorder". ...Read more
Start with primary: It would be unlikely to make it to your age and not have been diagnosed but i would start with your primary physician. A conversation with them can help point you in the correct direction if needed or reassure you if there does not seem to be a need. Autism spectrum disorders are neurodevelopmental which means they present early in life and do not develop as adult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can coexist: They are not the same disorder and very few patients with asperger's or any autism spectrum disorder will develop schizophrenia. There does however seem to be an increased incidence over the general population. As we learn more about genetics and the effect of the environment of genetic expression we will have more information on shared genetic susceptibilities. ...Read more
Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?
NVLD vs. Asperger's: You certainly have a difficult combination. Asperger's disorder is an anxiety disorder with weak social pragmatics and weakness of the right hemisphere. The symptoms overlap with nvld. Adhd is an independent variable. Neuropsychological testing can help define the areas in need of assistance. Treatment for the anxiety may improve social skills and attention ability. ...Read more