Asperger syndrome is a lifelong brain development disorder that leads to problems with social skills, behavior, and coordination. The signs and symptoms of Asperger syndrome can be mild to severe.
Rare (Fewer than 200,000 cases per year in US)
Doesn’t require lab test or imaging
Treatments can help manage condition, no known cure
A lifelong condition, The specific cause is unknown. Genetics and problems with brain functioning due to prenatal & perinatal factors may play a role. Inability to interact with other people, difficulty to infer thoughts, heightened sensitivity to noise and smell are the commonly observed symptoms. Medical therapy is not very effective in treating the condition. Behavioral and educational interventions can help manage the condition successfully.
There is no specific Asperger’s adult test for diagnosis.
Right now, there is no specific test for diagnosing Asperger’s in adults. In fact, diagnosing Asperger’s in adults can be difficult because the symptoms are not always as apparent as those in children. However, if you suspect you or someone you know may have Asperger’s, it’s important to talk with your doctor, who may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorder. Receiving an Asperger’s diagnosis can be very useful in receiving therapy or medications to help with certain behaviors, such as those that interfere with work or forming relationships.
- Same daily routine
- Social interaction difficulties
- Unintentionally rude to or uninterested in others
- Take things literally
- Preference to be alone
- Difficulty expressing feeling
- One-on-one friendships vs. groups