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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Mildautism And Severe Asperger Syndrome

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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


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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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What is the difference between classic autism and Asperger syndrome?

What is the difference between classic autism and Asperger syndrome?

Spectrum disorder: Autism is a spectrum disorder. With the diagnosis of autism being made when symptoms are severe and severely impairing, and asperger's disorder being diagnosed when symptoms are less severe, yet still a cause for significant impairment and/or distress. Symptoms "in-between" mild and severe are sometimes diagnosed as pdd, nos. Isolated, mild autistic symptoms also occur in the "normal" population. ...Read more

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What causes Asperger syndrome?

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

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Will I always have Asperger syndrome?

Probably yes: Depend on severity, you may remain high functional. Behavior modification can help you to overcome some of the difficulties in work and family situations. ...Read more

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Is Asperger syndrome a medical condition?

Yes & NO: It is considered a pervasive developmental disorder. Treatment often involves medication. It also involves behavior therapy. ...Read more

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At what age do you get Asperger syndrome?

At what age do you get Asperger syndrome?

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 more

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What sort of problem is Asperger syndrome?

What sort of problem is Asperger syndrome?

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 more

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How many Asperger syndrome forms are there?

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