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Doctor insights on: Aspergers Unease Around People

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Do all people people with aspergers syndrome have to have a specific routine that they have to stick too?

Do all people people with aspergers syndrome have to have a specific routine that they have to stick too?

This is more common: amongst Aspergers people, but not a sine qua non. Aspergers folks tend to get way more into less and less subjects and activities, usually to the relative exclusion of social interactions. On the surface this may look like over-routinization, but could be that they are compensating their anxiety about social contacts. Sticking to a routine also lowers anxiety (establishes certainty, etc.). ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger's Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is 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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Currently diagnosed with aspergers syndrome. What can I do to minimize it so people don't get mad at me?

Work with therapist: If the diagnosis is accurate, you have some degree of difficulty understanding that other people may have a different point of view or a different emotional reaction than yours to a given event. Self-education & insight are important. Social skills group therapy is key; you'll learn to shorten your answers, give others a turn to speak, & practice what to say in some situations. O.A.S.I.S. Website. ...Read more

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How to make people understand that you have asperger's syndrome?

How to make people understand that you have asperger's syndrome?

Some ideas: People don't care about a particular diagnosis; they do care about your intentions rather than your disability. Aspies have trouble being diplomats in the first place, so try this. "i'm a little different. I'm very good at some things, but the way i grew up, I have trouble reading people. I maan well, want to be a good guy and helpful to everyone. If something troubles you, tell me. ...Read more

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Can people with asperger's syndrome be asexual?

Yes: Most, but not all individuals with asperger's syndrome appear to have a relatively low sex drive; some, however, actually become preoccupied with sex. Social relationships are typically quite difficult for the individuals, and the drive to connect romantically with another person may seem too overwhelming to consider. ...Read more

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Is there a whole range of aspergers types? I've met 3 people with aspergers and they are not alike.

Not really: The core issues of asperger's disorder are the same, and there are no subtypes, at least with current diagnosis. However, just as there many variations of people with no disorder, those with ad can be quite different in terms of severity of symptoms, overall intelligence, specific interests, and awareness of their difficulties and efforts they make to overcome them. ...Read more

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Can aspergers people overthink and worry too much?

Aspergers worry: An integral part of having aspergers disorder is a very high anxiety level and rigid approach to life. Excessive worrying can be a debilitating condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy and involvement with social pragmatics groups may help develop a more resilient approach to thinking. ...Read more

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At what age can people be diagnosed with aspergers?

At what age can people be diagnosed with aspergers?

MANY KIDS AFTER AGE: Many kids are diagnosed after age 3, but most get picked up between 5 and 9. ...Read more

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Can people with aspergers syndrome ever have a normal personality?

Can people with aspergers syndrome ever have a normal personality?

Yes: Aspergers is not a personality disorder. The disorder effects that person in different ways. If you are looking for "normal". Normal is on a spectrum. And people with aspergers work, marry, have children, and function just like you and i. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are people with aspergers treated with such cruelty?

Understandable: Aspies have behaviors and handicaps that invite bullying though this does not justify it. They do not understand people readily and are often jerks without realizing it. Lack of athletic coordination, a tendency to excel in the classroom invite cruelty and simply being strange mark them as targets. Treatment focused on learning to be a diplomat and perhaps getting a strength sport are helpful. ...Read more