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Is There A Relation Between Asperger And Alzheimer's
Not known.: If you mean Asperger syndrome, this is a form of autism characterized by impaired social interaction, and repetitive patterns of behavior. The latter manifestation can be easily confused with other mental disorders, like schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Alzheimer's is a subtle form of dementia with memory and function loss as the main symptoms. ...Read more
Lack of empathy: I agree with my colleague that narcissistic personality disorder and alzheimer's dementia are very different conditions. But as an alzheimer's patient sinks deeper into illness, s/he can lose empathy for others. This can be very difficult for family members or other caretakers who want appreciation. Some might call the patient "narcissistic" at that point, but this not a correct diagnostic term. ...Read more
Not aware: I am not aware of any such relationship. Based on what i know about both, i also can't see any reason why there would be any relationship. ...Read more
No, but can mimic: Low sodium levels can cause symptoms that mimic dementias like alzheimer's, and can worsen cognitive function in people who actually do have alzheimer's. Hyponatremia is a "treatable cause" of delirium -- or relatively acute onset of confusion, disorientation, memory dysfunction, etc associated with a medical cause. But it is not the same as alzheimer's disease. ...Read more
Do cases of alzheimer's disease get better with medications and is there a relation between having alzheimer's and hypothyrodism ?
Aspergers. : Aspergers is awesome! the dsm5 failed. If you want to know a lot more. Watch my dr g aspie show at http://www.Southeastpsychstudios.Com. ...Read more
How long aspergers: Aspergers disorder is considered a life long condition. However, with learning social pragmatic skills and reduction of anxiety, individuals often seem more like those with non verbal learning disabilities as they get older. Key is to learn social pragmatics and how to control anxiety, either with cognitive behavioral training or with the help of medication. ...Read more
OASIS;MAAP: Usually, patients, family and friends can benefit from the support, advice, education and guidance of established organizations and associations. Oasis;maap is an association worthy of use. Their website is http://www.Aspergersyndrome.Org, and they can be contacted at 12196621311. ...Read more
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
Autism Spectrum D/O: You are being described by this comment, hopefully from a mental health professional, as having elements of what used to be called a pervasive developmental disorder or asperger's syndrome. This would imply interpersonal deficits accompanied by narrow obsessional interests. In the new dsm-v this is as an autism spectrum disorder. You might benefit from talking to a psychologist. ...Read more
Others' guidance: Whatever Asperger's really is, it's a mix of strong assets (intellectual focus) and areas in which you'll have more difficulty than others. You'll have trouble reading body language, understanding others' feelings, learning to how to talk to others in ways that will be helpful to them and you. You may be unlikable without meaning to be. Get guidance from others, perhaps a specialist. ...Read more
Psychiatric eval: Asperger's is a clinical diagnosis which depends on mostly history comprising of basically three areas: developmental delays including speech delays, social delays and stereotypic behavior (repetitive). There may be family and other developmental issues of interest. A thorough evaluation should be able to answer this question, talk to your pcp first, if needed a referral to a psychiatrist. ...Read more
Yes, however,: If it is mild maybe it is some other diagnosis. One should get a consult with a local professional to decide on the diagnosis. ...Read more
Supportive: No one can ever tell you how you should feel. At the end of the day your feelings are yours to feel. Try to be supportive if you can. I'm sure he would appreciate having you and counting on you. ...Read more
Aspergers diagnosis : Here is a video on spectrum testing that i think will help you. http://youtu.be/g7ke5d_115e. ...Read more
Simplistic: Nobody knows what asperger's is, but the behaviors that you'll see often trouble these kids. They are often jerks but don't realize it, and find the world baffling and often terrifying. Discipline won't help but guidance and explaining kindly may help. By contrast, the real "brat" is likely to be diagnosed with "oppositional-defiant disorder" & understand the impact of his/her behavior well. ...Read more
No: What was formerly called Asperger's is now included in the mild end of the spectrum of autism. It is not a personality disorder, rather a different way of being that is in the spectrum primarily because the social difficulties (social tone deafness) experienced is out of proportion to otherwise normal to very high intelligence. ...Read more
1st Parents and Doc: More is known about Asperger Syndrome today and more people, including educators, are familiar with this challenge. I would always recommend speaking with your family and physician to be sure you are aware what to expect. I think if everyone is in agreement, it is a good idea to communicate with teachers and school administrators who can be of great help to you in the school environment. ...Read more
Yes: Just as aspies tend to have poor physical coordination, modulating the speed, tone and volume of the voice may be difficult. Things that are obvious to others are seldom obvious to the aspie; criticism will only hurt and guidance is often very helpful. This isn't something that junior can handle on his own and a short course of speech therapy may be very helpful. ...Read more
Very different: With conduct disorders people often intentionally break rules and have delinquent behaviors. With aspergers they simply have quirky behavior and difficulty understanding social norms. ...Read more
Aspergers: First take a look at this video to get an overview of asperger's. Then it will likely be clear. Main issues are social difficulties and trouble with change and transition. But it is all highly variable. Hope you enjoy the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more
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Most children with asperger's present a group of specific signs: having repetitive and unusual behaviors; having ritualistic behaviors and pre-occupations (obsessions) with certain topics; difficulties "reading" social cues and difficulties empathizing (sensitivity to other's feelings); in general, difficulties relating to others.
Please, seek a specialist to diagnose this condition properly! ...Read more
Currently, the sole : diagnosis in the DSM-V is Autistic Spectrum Disorder Levels 1,2 & 3. ASD level 1, formerly Asperger Syndrome (AS) has the same underlying deficits in Theory Of Mind, face recognition & joint attention as 2 &3. However, the atypical microscopic structure of brains of children & adults with "AS" & "Autism" varies enough that some researchers feel that they are different disorders. Stay tuned. ...Read more
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