Monday, August 20, 2018

Asperger syndrome

Although a group of children with this clinical picture was originally and very accurately described in the 1940's by a Viennese pediatrician, Hans Asperger, Asperger Syndrome (AS) was "officially" recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the first time in the fourth edition published in l994.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a neurological/biological disorder, not a psychological or emotional condition. It is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition. Incidence is more in males as compared to females.

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

It is sometimes viewed as a high functioning form of autism, is a neuro-developmental condition that is one of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Some of the symptoms that may be present are:
*Less social active
*Less friends
*Not interested in making friends
*Inability to express emotions
*No Eye contact
*Less facial expressions
*Inability to use gestures
*Ineffective communication
*Lack of relation
*Sensitive to external stimuli
*Repetitive actions like arm waving

Individuals with Asperger’s have average or higher intelligence, with many exhibiting exceptional skills, knowledge or abilities. They can experience other difficulties, including medical issues, differences in coordination & muscle tone, sleep disturbances, altered eating habits, anxiety or disordered sensory perceptions.

Adults with Asperger syndrome can also be very sensitive to sensory stimulation (lights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch), and have difficulties with their executive functioning (e.g. ability to plan and organize, manage time, getting started on tasks, doing more than one task at once).
Asperger syndrome
Sir Anthony Hopkins has mild Asperger’s. The actor said it has helped him get into roles as an actor.
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