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What is the difference between a child with asperger's disease and someone with social anxiety?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Glen Elliott
There is an unfortunate tendency in the past few years to assume than anyone who is socially shy or awkward has some form of autism. There are lots and lots of other reasons for social problems, including persanal temperament: some peopl just get overwhelmed at parties or complex social situations.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Asperger vs. Anxiety
Asperger show stereotyped behaviors, no reciprocity during social interactions, and show little empathy.

In brief: Asperger vs. Anxiety
Asperger show stereotyped behaviors, no reciprocity during social interactions, and show little empathy.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Big Differerence
Asperger syndrome is considered a developmental disorder. That means, one is born with it or it develops in infancy and early childhood.
There are less effective treatment for developmental disorders. Anxiety disorders on the other hand, are quite common-affecting perhaps up to 25% of people during their lifetimes. There are great treatments for anxiety disorders, with many recovering completely.

In brief: Big Differerence
Asperger syndrome is considered a developmental disorder. That means, one is born with it or it develops in infancy and early childhood.
There are less effective treatment for developmental disorders. Anxiety disorders on the other hand, are quite common-affecting perhaps up to 25% of people during their lifetimes. There are great treatments for anxiety disorders, with many recovering completely.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Carlos Barrios
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Major
A child with social anxiety can learn to dial down anxiety w/ the right therapy (CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and /or medication-to remission.
A child with asperger's lacks ability to recognize emotional/social cues and to be more pro social but this social awkardness is a lifelong cornerstone of the syndrome. Nonetheless behavioral therapies can make great strides in social function.

In brief: Major
A child with social anxiety can learn to dial down anxiety w/ the right therapy (CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and /or medication-to remission.
A child with asperger's lacks ability to recognize emotional/social cues and to be more pro social but this social awkardness is a lifelong cornerstone of the syndrome. Nonetheless behavioral therapies can make great strides in social function.
Dr. Carlos Barrios
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