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I have asperger's, is it possible that my personality is extremely sensitive to social interactions even if people with as usually have social lacks?

I have asperger's, is it possible that my personality is extremely sensitive to social interactions even if people with as usually have social lacks?

It's possible: There is huge variation in asperger's presentation in people, as this is spectrum disorder not a specific diagnosis. If your social skills are better than other asperger's keep working on them. ...Read more

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Are aspergers people aware and bothered by the fact that they lack social skills and nay be socially awkward? Or do they not notice?

Social awkwardness: Most people with asperger's disorder want friends and to be able to join social activities. They lack social pragmatic skills. Social pragmatics can be taught. ...Read more

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Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

Is lack of conscience one of the symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

It is not: Aspies don't understand other people or why their odd behavior often provokes such bad reactions. By contrast, a sociopath is indifferent to the feelings of others and may get pleasure from making others unhappy. Aspies are educable and often grateful -- a treated aspie looks back with regret ; is often eager to do good for others. You can't reach a sociopath. ...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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Friend told me they have Aspergers from a lack of oxygen when they were a baby. I don't believe them, but I could be wrong. Is this possible?

Friend told me they have Aspergers from a lack of oxygen when they were a baby. I don't believe them, but I could be wrong. Is this possible?

We don't know the: exact cause of Aspergers, autism in general, bi-polar or ADHD, even though we have identified genetic markers for all. We do know that if the mother is using drugs while pregnant that the chances go up for the baby to develop any of these, but again, this is NOT a one-to-one correlation. Lack of O2 is correlated with learning disabilities, as well, so it could be a factor. ...Read more

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Is it true that an individual with asperger's is emotionally hypersensitive instead of having lack of empathy? If not, how could he/she feel anxiety?

Is it true that an individual with asperger's is emotionally hypersensitive instead of having lack of empathy? If not, how could he/she feel anxiety?

It depends: Persons with asperger's disorder can be hypersensitive to all different types of environmental stimuli, including another person showing a strong emotional state. Reacting to a stimulus such as this does not necessarily mean the person with asperger's is feeling empathy. As far as feeling anxiety, there are many triggers for feeling anxious other than witnessing another person's distress. ...Read more

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A lack of GABA and dopamine in asperger's syndrome? What role does serotonin play in asperger's?

Aspergers: Research is suggesting spectrum kids may be awash in serotonin in utero. There is speculation that ssri's may not be the best route in treating some of the difficulties associated with the spectrum because there may already be too much serotonin. Hopefully, future research will clarify. This is my take on the spectrum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Do those who have aspergers have eye contact problems?

Socialization issues: Effective communication between humans involves eye contact. It's considered to be one more of many features of autistic spectrum disorder, the new way of describing what we use to diagnose as asperger's. But, remember that other disorders such as those under the amxiety disorders "umbrella" and even psychotic disorders with paranoid ideation can also cause people to have "avoidant" eye-gaze. ...Read more

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Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?

Both can: Since asperger's syndrome was a disorder on the autistic spectrum (no longer in the diagnostic manual), both disorders can have similar presentations. The difference lies in severity and impairment. ...Read more

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Can aspergers last forever?

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