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Doctor insights on: Asperger Syndrome And Lack Of Empathy

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Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

It is not: Aspies don't understand other people or why their odd behavior often provokes such bad reactions. By contrast, a sociopath is indifferent to the feelings of others and may get pleasure from making others unhappy. Aspies are educable and often grateful -- a treated aspie looks back with regret ; is often eager to do good for others. You can't reach a sociopath. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more


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Are these symptoms consistent with a schizoid pd; lack of interest in friendships/relationships, chronic feelings of emptiness, and vivid imagination?

Are these symptoms consistent with a schizoid pd; lack of interest in friendships/relationships, chronic feelings of emptiness, and vivid imagination?

Good description: You gave a fairly good description of this relatively rarely seen disorder. It may be more common than known since people with it often do not seek therapy or get attention unless there are other issues too. ...Read more

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What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion symptoms of?

What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion symptoms of?

Get Checked: Are those new symptoms or something you've experienced before?These sx could be a sign of many things, physical as well as psychological. I would recommend speaking to your primary care doctor to rule out anything physical going on and take things from there. Additionally, find a mental health professional who can help you with learning to cope with the sx you describe. ...Read more

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What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion and severe panic symptoms of?

What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion and severe panic symptoms of?

Panic: Several possibilities, from anxiety disorder to agitated depression to organic mood disorder caused by something physiological or medications. Needs assessment by your pcp first. ...Read more

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What are the relations between generalized anxiety disorder and asperger's syndrome?

What are the relations between generalized anxiety disorder and asperger's syndrome?

Aspergers: Aspergers and anxiety can and often do co-exist. Aspies can have a more intense fight or flight response than other folks. But they can also be more sensitive to their environments which can trigger anxiety (temperature, sounds, chane, etc...) here is autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. Check it! http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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A lack of GABA and dopamine in asperger's syndrome? What role does serotonin play in asperger's?

Aspergers: Research is suggesting spectrum kids may be awash in serotonin in utero. There is speculation that ssri's may not be the best route in treating some of the difficulties associated with the spectrum because there may already be too much serotonin. Hopefully, future research will clarify. This is my take on the spectrum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Is poor social development the cause of "avoidant personality disorder"?

Is poor social development the cause of "avoidant personality disorder"?

Multifactorial: Poor social development can result from both organic and psychological factors. This can certainly result in difficulties in interpersonal relationships, but placing specific diagnostic titles on types of human behavior tends to avoid the issue of how to correct them. ...Read more

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What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrom?

What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrom?

None are mild: The potential warning symptoms of later trouble are 1. Neonatal jaundice, 2. So-called "colic" and 3. Ear infections that are treated with antibiotics repeatedly. The earliest autism symptoms are a rather sudden change from normal mental development, e.g. Loss of speech, persistence of temper tantrums, hand flapping etc. ...Read more

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What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrome?

What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrome?

Autism signs/sxs: In children, red flags for autism/aspergers is diverse. Impaired social skills, speech & language & nonverbal communication difficulties, and inflexible behaviors are classic themes. In babies and toddlers: no-eye contact, smiles, response to name, following objects visually, reciprocal behavior, initiation or response to cuddling, playing with others or sharing interest/enjoyment. ...Read more

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Is the reason of depression is lack of knowledge to be happy, lack of faith and self weakness?

Is the reason of depression is lack of knowledge to be happy, lack of faith and self weakness?

Oh, my -- NO!: Whoever might have told you this is terribly misinformed. I wish you could have come along with me for over 30 years of treating terribly depressed and suicidal people. If you could know them and what they've been through, you would know in your bones that depression is an illness beyond their conscious control. Genetics and family patterns may prime them for this. Healing is still possible. ...Read more

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Do those who have asperger's syndrome lack empathy, or is it just the the people with high functioning autism?

Many types of people: The lack of empathy has to do with difficulty processing information. This can be the case in any pervasive developmental disorder . For anyone who has not had their needs understood and met optimally may have some difficulty with empathy. ...Read more

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Help please! is asperger's syndrome and hypersexuality often comorbid?

More awkward: A teenaged male aspie has little in the way of social skills, and is likely to approach somebody he find attractive in an awkward way -- even more so than the next male teen. If there's inappropriate acting-out, junior may be grateful to have someone help him understand what he should do instead before there's serious trouble. Drive's probably the same, but special management problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Insomnia, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, lose grip on reality, feel hopless, can't hold a conversation, trouble socializing, lack of emotio?

Insomnia, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, lose grip on reality, feel hopless, can't hold a conversation, trouble socializing, lack of emotio?

What are you doing: For treatment now? This lists you as having anxiety - but no more specific diagnosis, treatment or medications are listed. If you aren't getting professional help - please know that you don't need to keep suffering like this. Please see a psychologist for a form of talking therapy. Please see a psychiatrist or your physician for a medical workup to rule out medical causes ; for eval for >. ...Read more

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Is depression a lack of emotion?

Is depression a lack of emotion?

Can be: Clinical depression can involve a lack of joy or emotional blunting; it can also include a persistent and pervasive period of sadness, excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death. It is very treatable by seeking medical care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism in terms of intense interest in subjects?

IQ & language: Many studies have shown that the main difference between autism and asperger's disorder is overall intelligence and functional language. Matched for iq, there are few differences, which is why the next diagnostic manual proposes to do away with the distinction. Intense interest in a narrow topic can and does occur with both disorders but probably more commonly with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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What is downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, high functioning autism, asperger's syndrome and what are the causes?

What is downs syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, high functioning autism, asperger's syndrome and what are the causes?

See below: Down's syndrome. A genetic defect that seems to occur with mother's who are older. Fetal alcohol syndrome: this is caused by excessive intake of alcohol during the pregnancy, especially the early part of pregnancy when the nervous system is developing. As to aspergers, no one is quite sure at this time. ...Read more

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Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Hard to comment: I am not sure what you're asking. If you wonder whether delusions of grandeur can be linked to a mental disorder, the answer is yes. If you wonder whether your boss specifically is having these, only s/he and his/her psychiatrist know for sure. ...Read more