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Doctor insights on: Women With Aspergers Overlooked

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Can people with asperger's syndrome be asexual?

Can people with asperger's syndrome be asexual?

Yes: Most, but not all individuals with asperger's syndrome appear to have a relatively low sex drive; some, however, actually become preoccupied with sex. Social relationships are typically quite difficult for the individuals, and the drive to connect romantically with another person may seem too overwhelming to consider. ...Read more

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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

Usually some: By definition, kids with asperger's disorder have relatively intact language ability. A child with more severe language problems would be diagnosed with a more severe autistic spectrum disorder. That being said, kids with asperger's often have difficulty maintaining "normal" conversations, regulating tone of voice, catching other people's social cues and body language, and understanding humor. ...Read more

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Can an adult with asperger's syndrome ever be misdiagnosed with OCD instead?

Definitely: This happens less often now because of increased awareness of as. But, many teens and adults with as end up seeing doctors not because of the social problems but because of severe, impairing obsessions and repetitive behaviors. Those not familar with as well may focus just on those symptoms. Fortunately, the treatment is the same with or without as. ...Read more

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Are women diagnosed with personality disorders more than men?

Are women diagnosed with personality disorders more than men?

Yes: To qualify this answer I am answering the specific question being asked. Should women be diagnosed with personality disorders more frequently, probably not. There are certain types of disorders that are more common in women, such as borderline personality disorder, but there are also disorders that appear to be more common in men such as antisocial personality disorder. ...Read more

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Can an asperger's syndrome adult be misdiagnosed with ocd?

Certainly: Different psychiatrists have different training and experience. Many have very limited exposure to ASD resulting in frequent mis DX as they treat the sx they recognize but don't have enough experience to know what to make of the "asd type" sx. It is also possible to have aspergers and OCD that needs to be identified clinically and specifically treated. ...Read more

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Help please! is asperger's syndrome and hypersexuality often comorbid?

More awkward: A teenaged male aspie has little in the way of social skills, and is likely to approach somebody he find attractive in an awkward way -- even more so than the next male teen. If there's inappropriate acting-out, junior may be grateful to have someone help him understand what he should do instead before there's serious trouble. Drive's probably the same, but special management problems. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

Can people with asperger's syndrome have selective mutism?

Yes: It can be difficult to disentangle at times, but individuals with asperger's syndrome can also be quite anxious and one symtom of that may be selective mutism, where they speak only in the presence of certain individuals and specific "comfort zones." in my experience, it is not a common combination, and it is more usual that they are shy and anxious, rather than completely mute. ...Read more

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Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Are gifted kids oftentimes misdiagnosed with adhd? Do they show symptoms/characteristics similar to kids with adhd?

Yes: It happens from time to time. If a 'gifted' child becomes bored or understimulated, they can become active and even over active to get the necessary level of stimulation. This is usually not the case however. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Do kids with autism have distinct physical features?

Not always: Autism is a categorical diagnosis based on observable behaviors. Genetic tests are part of medical evaluation, as are thorough physical & neurological exams. We examine & measure head size (often large) facial features, & other body parts for dysmorphism (unusual appearance) & use a woods lamp to see abnormal skin pigmentation.. Over 30 known syndromes cause autism & intellectual disability. ...Read more

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Can people with aspergers syndrome ever have a normal personality?

Yes: Aspergers is not a personality disorder. The disorder effects that person in different ways. If you are looking for "normal". Normal is on a spectrum. And people with aspergers work, marry, have children, and function just like you and i. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with asperger's syndrome to have severe social anxiety?

Aspergers: Yes, it is. Typically the fight or flight centers of the brain can be on heightened alert. Relaxation and cbt (cognitive behavioral treatment) can be helpful. Here is my overview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Can people with aspergers syndrome ever have a personality?

Absolutely: Asperger's can be of varying severity and many people with the syndrome live full and happy lives. You may not even know a person has asperger's by their personality. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are people with aspergers treated with such cruelty?

Understandable: Aspies have behaviors and handicaps that invite bullying though this does not justify it. They do not understand people readily and are often jerks without realizing it. Lack of athletic coordination, a tendency to excel in the classroom invite cruelty and simply being strange mark them as targets. Treatment focused on learning to be a diplomat and perhaps getting a strength sport are helpful. ...Read more

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Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

Do older mothers have children with learning disorders?

No More Than Others: There is currently no research supporting the notion that the older the mom, the more likely that their kids will have learning disabilities. ...Read more

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Could people with aspergers syndrome have delayed muscle development?

See websites' info : www.myaspergerschild.com/2010/09/aspergers-children-and... Treato.Com/asperger%27s+disorder, developmental+delay/?A=... www.mayoclinic.com/health/aspergers-syndrome/ds00551/... Asperger's syndrome — comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment for a disorder affecting communication, social skills. ...Read more

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How come immunity and fatigue disorders often coexist with asperger's syndrome?

How come immunity and fatigue disorders often coexist with asperger's syndrome?

One idea: Good question. "immune disorders" (hay fever, 100s of others) are common and people look for explanations. "fatigue disorder" sometimes (by no means always) occurs when a person is in a terribly frustrating life situation. Aspies are often baffled by those around them, and crave friendship yet are jerks without realizing it. The lack of anatomic pathology in aspies makes me doubt an immune cause. ...Read more

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Are people with androgen insensitivity syndrome intersex?

Are people with androgen insensitivity syndrome intersex?

Variable features: Androgen insensitivity may lead to a normal looking female or, with partial insensitivity, testicles may be present. If a female, she will be infertile. Go to pubmed health for more detailed information. ...Read more

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