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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Being Shy And Aspergers

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Do I have asperger's or am I extremely shy? How does one differentiate the two?

Do I have asperger's or am I extremely shy?  How does one differentiate the two?

Aspergers: Shyness does not equate asperger's. But a licensed psychologist can help you figure out which is which. Here is a video overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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I heard this, People with aspergers have no problem with talking to new people. Is this true, as I seem to have difficulty. Or am I just shy/introver?

I heard this,  People with aspergers have no problem with talking to new people. Is this true, as I seem to have difficulty. Or am I just shy/introver?

No, it is not true: There are many reasons why people are uncomfortable talking to new individuals; being an introvert, being shy, social anxiety disorder is also a possibilty; It is a good idea to see a mental health professional to get it checked out; ...Read more

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What is the difference between being socially awkward and having aspergers?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being just odd and having asperger's syndrome?

What is the difference between being just odd and having asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's: Asperger's is a specific psychiatric diagnosis with specific criteria and symptoms. Being ood is a personal impression. Some people with asperger's can seem quite normal in many ways. Whereas some normal people can sem qwuite odd, if they are under stress or in unfamilliar places. The only wqay to tell is to get an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between passive aggressive and aspergers?

Not the same: Asperger's disorder is an anxiety disorder with poor social pragmatic skills and difficulty 'reading' people's facial expressions and non verbal body language. They tend to want friends but have lack pragmatic skills to manage them. Passive aggressive behavior reflects a with holing of cooperative interaction. Often this is negative behavior without aggression. ...Read more

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What is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

What is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

Totally different: Reactive attachment disorder is an impairment in the ability of young children to create and maintain a strong bond with caregivers; it arises from a mismatch in child needs and parenting style. Although children with asperger's disorder also have trouble connecting with others, the problem is genetic, with a decreased drive to socially connect plus odd, intense interests. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Asperger syndrome and Asperger disorder, or is there no difference?

None at all: These are synonymous terms. The "formal" diagnosis is asperger's disorder. Syndrome refers to a cluster of symptoms that co-occur and help us identify a disorder. All of this almost certainly will be changing in the next few years with the release of a new diagnostic manual. The proposal is to lump autism, asperger's disorder, and several others under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between PDD and asperger's?

General to specific: Asperger's is a specific condition in the overall category of similarly clustered conditions called "pervasive developmental disorders, " or pdd. So, one could have pdd, but not be asperger's, but the converse is not true. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between aspergers and autism?

Degree: Under the umbrella condition termed pervasive developmental disorders, there is a spectrum of severity where the least severe condition has been referred to as asperger's syndrome and the most severe end of the spectrum is severe autism. ...Read more

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