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Medicine For Asperger Syndrome
No: At present, no medications have been shown to treat any form of pervasive developmnental disorder (pdd)--increasing called autism spectrum disorders (asd). Some symptoms such as repetitive behaviors and obsessions may respond to medications, but we have no cure--or even good treatement--for the disorder itself, whether asperger's or autism ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are examples of symptoms of Asperger syndrome? How come so many people are calling themselves aspergers?
Delayed Development: Asperger syndrome (as) is a developmental disorder that is characterized by repetitive routines or rituals, peculiarities in speech and language, socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior, problems with non-verbal communication, clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements, and limited or inappropriate facial expressions. As a relatively new diagnosis, it is often over diagnosed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Autistic Spectrum : Disorder is the diagnosis that now encompasses AS , often ASD Level 1, which has the highest level of function & the fewest needs for supports. No medications target core symptoms of ASD, but individual therapy, social skills group therapy, ADA accomodations at work & aid in activities of daily living do. Medications help comorbid psychiatric conditions like anxiety, ADHD & mood disorders. ...Read more
Nobody knows: I suspect there's a genetic component. One's early life experience may contribute. If we ever find out, there may be people signing up for it -- it offers major advantages, especially to focused scientists, technology types, and all who love books and things on which the mind can focus. Management is learning people skills, which comes with more difficulty but isn't impossible. ...Read more
Pre 3 years: Abnormal eye contact, aloofness, failure to turn when called by name, failure to use gestures to point or show, a lack of interactive play, a lack of interest in peers. Some of these behaviors may be apparent in the first few months of a child’s life, or they may appear later. problems in one of the areas of communication and socialization or repetitive, restricted behavior must be present by 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Related to autism: Asperger's disorder shares with autism a marked impairment in the ability of an individual to engage socially with others; it also typically is characterized by intense, sometimes quite odd, interests is specific topics or activities. It's major difference from autism is that language is relatively unaffected, which also means that most have normal or higher iq. It still can be quite impairing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only one form.: Asperger's disorder has only one "form, " but the specific symptoms vary from person to person, as does overall severity. It well may be that there are different underlying causes, but we don't have that information yet about it or autism. Presentation may change based on other personality traits, just as we see in those without any disorder. ...Read more
Aspergers: Please see the official website at www.Usautism .Org for the specifics. In essence individuals with this disorder have difficulty understanding the emotion of others. They have above-average intelligence but their social disability hurts their overall function. Please seek help if you or someone you care for is burdened with this disorder. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Similar to children:
Social awkwardness, subtle communication differences, narrowed pedantic interests. But aspies are awesome people, just different, not deficient. See< http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.Htm#211353080> &
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
Possible.: Asperger's syndrome now is well known, but that was not true 15 years ago. It is possible, depending on where you live, that symptoms would have been dismissed or ignored. More likely, however, you have anxiety and social shyness, both of which are far more common than as. There is no specific treatment for as; interventions focus on helping with social awareness and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be Careful: Only a qualified professional such as a developmental pediatrician or a behavioral psychologist should after careful evaluation diagnose a child with asperger.In general they display behavioral rigidity, poor social interaction, understanding language in context, limited interests, repetitive behavior ie hand flapping, and normal or above average intelligence.Little professor is the common stereotype. ...Read more
Focus: Junior focuses remarkably well on topics involving the mind, is likely to be the "little professor" type who's baffled by his peers, doesn't fit in, talks fast, and is poorly coordinated for team sports. You can't cure it, especially by exhorting or yelling, but social skills can be taught (get help), and these kids may excel at fitness / strength focused sports & later in tech / science. Good luc. ...Read more
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