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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference Between Asperger Disorder And Shyness

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

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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Dr. Ned Kalin
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Shyness (Definition)

People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more


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What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism? Do doctors know which part of the brain is affected?

What is the difference between Asperger disorder and autism?  Do doctors know which part of the brain is affected?

Degree of severity: Although there are technical differences for making the diagnosis, in practice, autism is seen as a spectrum disorder. The most severe are diagnosed with autism. Those with the mild symptoms asperger's, and those with symptoms somewhere in between sometimes diagnosed as pdd, nos. The mildest may not diagnosed with anything, but may be thought of as quirky, rigid, or clueless. ...Read more

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

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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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 Asperger disorder enjoy writing poetry or writing songs?

Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to enjoy songs and creative writing in a proportion similar to the general population. ...Read more

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How are Asperger syndrome and Asperger disorder different?

How are Asperger syndrome and Asperger disorder different?

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 this will change may 2013. The new diagnostic manual (dsm-5) lumps autism, asperger's disorder, and several others under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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It appears I have Asperger disorder. Possible at 40 years old?

Yes.: With more improved testing and diagnostic techniques, a diagnosis at age 40 is possible. However, that diagnosis does not change who you are.. ...Read more

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It appears my neighbor has Asperger disorder at almost 30 years old? Can he get dangerous?

It appears my neighbor has Asperger disorder at almost 30 years old?  Can he get dangerous?

Not likely: Anyone can be dangerous when provoked. A person with asperger tendencies often can not express themselves well and may act unusual, but is no more dangerous than anyone else. They are often better at controlling anger since that have had to work so hard to just tolerate the irritation of life itself. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

Very different: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed. Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger 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