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Why Do People With Asperger Syndrome Turn To Self Harm
There are two: Things that you need support for, aspergers as well as self-harm. Please see your doc for a referral to a mental health professional who specializes in aspergers. He/she will work w/you to help you manage feelings and behaviors. Peace and good health. ...Read more
In brief, it is the action or inaction (failure to take action) that intentionally seeks to cause damage to oneself. Can range from mild physical harm, i.e. Scratching, to the extreme of causing death. An example of inaction would be not taking one's Insulin resulting in ...Read more
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 more
Depends on age: Many with Asperger disorder know they are different from others, although it may be hard to them to pin down exactly what the dfiference is. Especially among teenagers, anxiety and depression can become quite common because of the awareness of the differences with peers without knowing what to do about it. Others are quite content with their lives & see themselves as different but in good ways. ...Read more
Aspergers: In most cases yes if they receive the support necessary to become independent, including family, friends and professional assistance from qualified mental health professionals. Best. ...Read more
As perfects does not: Go away. The more you understand your condition the more you can help people at work understand your idiosyncrasies. ...Read more
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
A technical point: adhd symptoms really should be understood to be part and parcel of aspergers. In DSM, it is incorrect to make a second diagnosis of adhd if the child is already on the autism spectrum. Unless the child is so severely adhd that limits function or puts them at risk e.g. climbing so much or running that they injure themselves multiple times per week. ...Read more
Adhd and aspergers:
Adhd includes inattention, trouble focusing, hyperactivity, and impulse problems.
Aspergers tends to be a social problem laden with anxieties.
They can be comorbid. ...Read more
Multiple ways: Your physician will gather information from you, your child's teachers via a form such as vanderbilt. Also, your provider will observe your child's behavior during a consult. In addition, help can be sought from a developmental specialist or psychiatrist. ...Read more
Family Tx: For education & support, it is vital. ...Read more
Not very differently: Adhd would present similarly in all children however there would some difference in children with asperger's as impulsivity is likely to present with increase stereotypes which are part of asperger's. Other aspects of asperger's might also become more pronounced. Frustration tolerance which is an issue might become more pronounced. Treatment of adhd is more tricky as well as asperger's children. ...Read more
Evaluation: The only way to really be sure is to have the person evaluated by a psychiatrist who has experience in this area. ...Read more
Unknown?: As far as i know there have been no definitive studies on this subject in this country. There have been some studies done on this in england(and you could look them up) but nothing concrete. My take on this subject is that the higher the level of functioning the individual has the more things/experiences they will have in his/her life. Try to be supportive and a resource/sounding board. ...Read more
Can grandparents carry a mutation to cause Asperger syndrome in grandchildren, skipping a generation?
Not that simple: For the most part what are inherited are genes coding for (snp)single nucleotide polymorphisims-different forms of enzymes that do not digest certain proteins. It is possible to be the contributor of (at most 1/4 total)genes that might contribute to certain symptom patterns. ...Read more
I need your expertise, is higher functioning autism or Asperger syndrome also considered a mental health disorder?
Yes: The diagnosis has been incorporated into high-functioning autism. However, just because it's a handicap of sorts -- you'll never be super-coordinated and probably never excel at team sports -- you can learn social skills, and your ability to focus your mind is a huge PLUS in our tech age. And if single agrees with you, you're extra fortunate. Who needs to be exactly like everyone else? ...Read more
My 18 year old son has Asperger syndrome. He is heading off to college. What medical consultations do we need before we send him off?
Counselor: I suggest a behavioral psychologist who has experience with individuals with Asperger's disorder. You may find one through the internet site of the Asperger's Association. ...Read more
Son, 7, with Asperger syndrome hold urine for extended periods of time (14-16+ hrs) regularly, sometimes to the point of pain. What can we do?
Aspergers: I'm actually working with a client struggling with this same issue. For him, it was about control and fear of change. He did not want to move classrooms. The teachers told him that until he used restroom at school he could not change and...No urination. I often see this as sensory, environmental, and control. A good licensed child psychologist familiar with aspergers and anxiety will help! ...Read more
Can be effective: The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and social pragmatics training can together be effective in providing strategies that can improve the life of those with Asperger's disorder. Social pragmatics groups offer the opportunity to practice what is being taught. ...Read more
Nothing: Diagnosis for both overlaps.Get a more detailed answer ›
The following site provides excellent information regarding Asperger syndrome:
http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.Htm. ...Read more
Ask your Doctor: You can also look at asperger.Com you can find information. Your local school system special education department my youngest son has aspergers it is difficult to find help but it is out there. ...Read more
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
What are the many symptoms of Asperger syndrome? How many affected people just have one or two symptoms?
Hard to say.: Asperger's disorder is diagnosed on the basis of persistent impairment in social interactions plus odd or restricted interests or behaviors. One must have at least 2 from a list of criteria related to social impairment and 1 related to behavior. These must cause persistent impairment in functioning, and overall cognitive functioning and language has to be normal. A single symptom isn't enough. ...Read more
Core deficits in : Theory of mind, facial recognition, social reciprocity & social communication underlie both. Autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-v diagnosis for autism, Asperger syndrome (as) & pdd-nos. The neurodevelopmental profile differs. Though any can have an iq >70, those with as have fairly intact language, except for pragmatics & prosody, while those with autism have higher non-verbal abilities. ...Read more
Aspergers: Yes! 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
Yes you can.: Yes, and you'll do just fine. You do not have to worry about Asperger syndrome. You will be great. Have fun and good luck! ...Read more