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Lack Social Contact Aspergers
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do those who have asperger's syndrome lack empathy, or is it just the the people with high functioning autism?
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
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
Do people with aspergers have eye contact problems? Or are the people with autism the ones with eye-contact problems?
A world apart: On the surface at a social event, the two entities can look similar: poor eye contact, little discussion, odd utterances. However, a child with social anxiety will have normal social interaction in trusted environments, understand social cues, have a clear idea of social norms, adaptations, etc. A child with asperger's does not have these things, and has other issues like sensory and processing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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