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Can people with asperger's syndrome be asexual?

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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is it common for people with asperger's syndrome to have severe social anxiety?

Aspergers: Yes, it is. Typically the fight or flight centers of the brain can be on heightened alert. Relaxation and cbt (cognitive behavioral treatment) can be helpful. Here is my overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married? Who do they marry?

What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married?  Who do they marry?

Unknown: As far as i'm aware, those statistics are not known. The percentage for autism would be much lower than for both asperger's and for the general population. I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage for asperger's was similar or only slightly lower than the general population. ...Read more

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Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

Yes: It can be difficult to disentangle at times, but individuals with asperger's syndrome can also be quite anxious and one symtom of that may be selective mutism, where they speak only in the presence of certain individuals and specific "comfort zones." in my experience, it is not a common combination, and it is more usual that they are shy and anxious, rather than completely mute. ...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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Are people with munchhausen syndrome difficult to deal with?

They are very: difficult to care for. Physicians want to help people to be healthy. So it is quite frustrating when someone has the opposite goal. ...Read more

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What number of people who suffer coprolalia,copropraxi and coprographia combined do not have tourettes?

What number of people who suffer coprolalia,copropraxi and coprographia combined do not have tourettes?

Dunno the number: but they may occur rarely in other neurological disorders, as when certain areas of the brain are damaged by a "stroke", encephalitis, or trauma or in Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, dementia or obsessive–compulsive disorder without tics. Anecdotally, I have seen similar behaviors in a few children with either Juvenile-Onset Bipolar Disorder with Hypersexuality or Child Maltreatment Syndrome- Molest. ...Read more

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Can people with ADHD or autism ever overcome their social problems?

Yes: There is a big distinction between the social problems of an adhd person & someone with autism. Adhd pts usually gain social skills later, but completely, compared to normals if treated with stimulant medication. Autism patients rarely attain "normal" social abilities. Both groups benefit from social skills training & counseling. Self confidence is most important in this area. ...Read more

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Can people with aspergers syndrome ever have a personality?

Absolutely: Asperger's can be of varying severity and many people with the syndrome live full and happy lives. You may not even know a person has asperger's by their personality. ...Read more

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Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Do people with asperger's disorder usually suffer from motor-coordination skills problems?

Asperger's: Yes. Gross motor difficulties are common but not in all cases. Clay marzon, #1 surfer in the world is aspie. So it depends. Here is an overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...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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Could people with Asperger syndrome take care of themselves and live alone?

Aspergers: In most cases yes if they receive the support necessary to become independent, including family, friends and professional assistance from qualified mental health professionals. Best. ...Read more

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Do most alcoholics have personality disorders?

Do most alcoholics have personality disorders?

ADHD: According to an american psychiatry association report, the majority of alcoholics are people with untreated adhd, at least. Folks with personality disorders and other neuropsychiatric problems are also at higher risk for acohol abuse. ...Read more

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Do autistic people or people with aspergers have personality disorders or are they neurodivergent?

Who's counting?: "neurotics" are troubled. "personality disorder" people are troublesome. Cyclothymia's moods are cruel. The autism spectrum disorder folks are equally hard for the rest of the world to understand, & these individuals often suffer terribly. But a wisely-focused aspie who learns to be a diplomat becomes useful and likable. Not everything a pathologist or psychiatrist describes need be "disease". ...Read more

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Do most cases of people with paradoxical reactions to benzos occur in people with underlying mental disorders?

Do most cases of people with paradoxical reactions to benzos occur in people with underlying mental disorders?

No: Younger people and children are the most likely. (of course, some might argue that all children have underlying mental disorders...Just kidding!). Seriously, it's an unpredictable reaction. People who discover that they have this unusual reaction should then just avoid the drugs in the future. ...Read more

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Do people with Asperger disorder enjoy science?

Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to science in a proportion similar to or perhaps slightly higher than the general population. But they may also dislike it, just like a person in the general population. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Tics: If they do, it could be more related to another nervous system disorder or effect of medications, not the bipolar illness per se. ...Read more

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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