Did Michael Jackson have autism or Asperger's Syndrome?
There is no publicly known official diagnosis of autism or Asperger's Syndrome for Michael Jackson. People will speculate about various possible conditions he might have that explain his actions. However, only a professional can make that diagnosis with any accuracy, and no such professional is currently known to have made such a diagnosis as yet.
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Answer: I have Aspergers and I wrote this article not long ago. It may give you an idea of what it's like to have Aspergers, which is on the spectrum. I have a blog about living with Aspergers, if you are interested in learning more about living as an independent adult with Aspergers/autism. (see …related links) Desolate. You are walking through streets of a desolate city that you have always lived in, and yet you don't know your way around. It's bright and dusty, and despite the sheer volume of things going on, it's quiet and surprisingly bland. It's what you might imagine a city would look like after a nuclear war. As you walk around, you see people who are shuffling about, although you can't tell where they are going or what they are trying to accomplish. And unfortunately, everyone's faces look almost the same. There are people you have known your whole life, and yet when you look at them, their faces are so similar that sometimes it takes several seconds to tell one from the other. One thing you do know about this place is that there are rituals, rules, and restrictions which seem (to you, at least), to be highly illogical. The unfortunate thing is that violations of this conglomeration of protocol can have highly detrimental consequences. But because the rules seem illogical, it's difficult to predict what is and is not okay. The laws are easy to follow because regardless of the logic, they are clearly defined. It's the unwritten rules which are almost scary, because violating them means losing a job, ruining a relationship, and ridicule. They speak your language in this place, but that doesn't mean communication comes easily. Many of the words still mean the same thing, but there are just enough differences that while you know misunderstandings are very possible, it's difficult to know when the misunderstanding is actually occurring. Unfortunately, the people around you don't know that these misunderstandings are possible, so although you are on alert, the other people around you are sure that you mean what they think you mean. And when you try to clarify, it only becomes more confusing to them. Add to this that the others are physically accustomed to the debris of the nuclear mess, but it makes you very sick. The others can't understand why sometimes you have to wear a mask, so you are ridiculed for that, too. You may even lose your job for wearing it. (But you'll also lose your job for being out sick from not wearing your mask.) There are many beautiful dimensions to the strange world, but they need to be found. They are secret places that are hard to find. Like the colorful butterfly garden hidden in a warehouse, and the sunrise which you can only see with your blinder goggles on. There is grass between your toes, but only when your eyes are closed. There are things which you see in this place which you love, so you cling to them. When you see a blooming tree with pink blossoms, you spend many hours sitting under it because it shelters you from the blistering sun, distracts you from the others passing by, and calms you in a way that the others just don't understand. But you cling to it nonetheless. As you walk around the streets of this frightening place, you are pretty sure there are others like you. Although they, like you, are hiding. Some are hidden in nooks and crannies. Others like you congregate in pockets, but no one knows there whereabouts because once they go into their preferred pocket, they never come out again. In their pockets of people there is color and music and laughing. And it's completely up to you to find them. If your parents are like you they could have helped you learn about this odd place. But they aren't, as they are like the rest of the others. They didn't know how to help you, or even what you needed help with in the first place. So your life is like this, and your parents try to cope with helping you down the right street if you get lost. "BUT I NEED MORE HELP THAN THAT!!" you keep shouting. But as much as they love you, all they know how to do is point you down a different street, which may or may not get you where you are going at that moment. Or maybe they were like you. If they were, they taught you about this place, showed you where the pockets of people are, and how to hide your mask. They knew what you would need to know as you grow, so they knew how to help you. Maybe your parents were like the others but knew about people like you. So they did the best they could for you, with what they had. And for you, it was good enough. What happens when your parents die? You are alone in this place. Imagine this was your world. Now ask me what it's like to live a life as an adult with Aspergers. Although, you may not understand the answer. Copyright Â© 2008 Lorin Neikirk Answer: Now my problem is how to get out of it - either I think I am 2 minutes too fast or 2 minutes too slow when i react to other people. When I think I understand I don't say anything and when I am slow it's already too late. I just live on hope. Burning bridges all the time cause I am good at making first impression when I want to. Just can't hold on long enough. Drift in, drift out, daydream a lot. Always trapped under ice. I have tried everything from drugs, alcohol, behavior modification .. nothing works. Yeah i can hear voices telling me to live with who I am...tried that too...doesn't work either. I keep on forgetting who I am.. It's real pain when you have to keep figuring out who you are, if that makes sense. Not only autistic, but sometimes I fear maybe I am insane too. For anyone who is really interested in learning more about the diversity of experiences in the worldwide autistic community, I suggest visiting Neurodiversity listed in the related links below. It has a truly incredible collection of links. Answer: Only but the most highly functional persons, those with mere autistic traits--rather than full blown autistic disorder--or those with significantly high IQs and language skills can simply will themselves to success or a typical life--one which usually entails many social dimensions--as we (the crowd without autism see it). This is not to say you can't have autism and be happy or have a life worth living, but to equate this dreaded condition (in its most severe forms) with Albert Einstein and to say "just be productive" is unfair; it doesn't adequately convey the life of those who truly struggle or those who need 24/7 care. The short answer is the life of an adult with autism will depend on many things. Most will not marry, will not go to college, will not be able to live without some supportive arrangement, will not have a job commensurate with their skills or intelligence. Answer: A VERY IMPORTANT THING to remember is that "autism" is a "SPECTRUM DISORDER", meaning someone with autism can be someone who is severely handicapped and needs total care 24/7 at one end of the spectrum, or at the other end of the spectrum they can be brilliant, contributing members of society. One person that comes to mind is Temple Grandin. She has authored books about autism and her experiences. She also invented a hugging device. Many adults and children find being hugged a "painful" or unpleasant experience. Her hugging device allowed her to get a "mechanical" hug that she was in control of. When it became too intense or uncomfortable, she could hit a button and be released from the hug! She also designed special ramps that cows walk on when they are on their way to slaughter. It proved to be beneficial in that the cows didn't slide and fall and experience severe trauma and become unmanageable. Many companies now use her design! Autism is "person specific"; there may be many similar behaviors but each child and adult with autism is different and complex, which makes managing behaviors, helping them help themselves, using medication etc... very difficult for parents, guardians and caregivers. I have found that working with very young children over a long period seems to help them deal with life better. There is no "magic pill" for autism. Over the last 25 years, I have never found one or even seen one come close! Life is not all doom and gloom, and experienced people can help them live a higher quality life. Also in the "spectrum", some people never speak, some speak by only repeating what they hear (echolalia) yet others have excellent verbal skills. Answer: How about this metaphor. -Being autistic is very much like being a Chinese farmer who is suddenly dropped into the heart of New York city on a Friday at 5:15 pm. You speak no English, have never been off the farm, have never seen TV, and are scared to death. First, you don't say a word. Your eyes are wide with apprehension. You have no idea what to do, where to go, what the Hell has happened? People begin to stare at you because your are strange. You don't seem to know what to do. You are obviously quite different and out-of-place. You seem very unusual and therefore dangerous OR you are mentally deficient somehow and amusing as you struggle to cope with this reality. Either these beings around you are afraid of you OR they think you are retarded, foolish and to be laughed at. You desperately try to communicate but no one seems to have the slightest understanding of what you want. Besides, all these folks are busy and have no time for a dangerous stranger OR a babbling person. You try to find an empty doorway or corner where you can get out of the traffic, just be alone and try to figure out whats going on. You are extremely uncomfortable even though you are in no real danger. You see a dirty alley and run there to find refuge. You crawl into some empty boxes where you can hide and think this out. But someone has noticed this strange, dangerous person, hiding in the alley, and, being "socially responsible" and helpful, calls the police to either put this dangerous person safely behind bars OR put this poor, hurting soul in an institution where he can be "helped" to rejoin the "rest of the world", "for his own good". --If you try very hard to imagine what this situation would really feel like, you just might be able to catch a glimmer of what it is like being an autistic adult. Answer: Is life pure hell as an autistic adult? ANSWER YES IT SURE IS PURE HELL TO LIVE IN THIS WORLD AS AN AUTISTIC ADULT FOR ALL THE REASONS GIVEN HERE AND SO MANY MORE IT WOULD TAKE BILLIONS OF COMPUTERS TO LIST THEM ALL! The real question is do you want to dwell on how hard your life is as an autistic adult in a life long pity party or do you want to try to make something successful in your life despite all the challenges autism gives us. The question what is it like to be an adult autistic can't really be definitively answered anyway. The autism life experience is a spectrum of outcomes some more livable than others. I finally got the great job, the house and am living the American dream but it took me 41 years of living in pure hell before I managed to make it. Even with my relatively hard-won success that was 41 years in the making; not everything is all rosy and nice. I spent most of my life living on section 8 in flea bag hell hole apartments living among people who were the absolute worst of the scum this Earth offers. I failed at most jobs I tried not because I could not do the job but because, I was often clueless about the typical human socialization / political nonsense most jobs involve. I spent most of my life getting disability payments and being yelled at by family to get a job. Most of my life growing up family and their friends spent their time reminding me how retarded, stupid and crazy I was and this was when they were treating me good. Most of the time family and their sadistic friends were physically abusing me using my autism inspired gullibility against me. My grandparents response was often you gotta learn how to live with normal people so get back in there and figure it out. I tell you all the stuff of my autistic childhood so you can know why I grew up to be the often misanthropic antisocial old bastard of an adult I have grown up to be. My nickname is autisticwerewolf for a reason. Autism is the closest thing to being a werewolf for real. Imagine having a monstrous reserve of purely antisocial venoms stirring in your heart 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When autistics are young they have often horrible violent tantrums where revert to a primal werewolf like form where they hurt themselves and others. If they are lucky, most autistics seem to grow out of their tantrums - WRONG. Let me tell you a dirty little autistic secret. Most autistics struggle every day to keep there autistic werewolf autism inspired tantrums and antisocial behaviors in check at least for that time we adult autistics must share with others in our day. It is often a constant pain to keep such strong autism inspired passions held in temporary check inside. If as an adult you still have autism tantrum issues its like living with a very smart monster inside you always straining to get out. The problem with still having tantrum issues as an adult is you so called normal people do so many insanely stupid things each day to provoke your inner autistic beast to unspeakable violence and its your job to keep it safely contained. Being an adult autistic is the closet thing to being a mutant in the XMen series. Like them we are not loved, understood or accepted by so called normal human society. Adult autistics are often feared and or loathed by typical human society. It is hard for autistics to find a good job and harder still to keep it once we have it. Lots of people on the autism spectrum get and hold great jobs but that does not mean their autism inspired suffering is any less and often means their autism inspired suffering is far greater. Autism alone has made any hope of a so called normal relationship with my family impossible. I do not like children and I do not like unpredictable activity and noise. I am very sensitive to most unexpected sensory input. I hate all social occasions even with family because, I do so terribly at such things. I am today and always have been a total embarrassment to my family. I can not tell you how many times I was told I wish you were not my brother or I wish you did not exist. I never knew true love from my siblings as a child and now as an autistic adult I neither seek or expect love from my family now. I choose not to attend family functions because, I still have not mastered behavioral patterns required for purely social occasions. Also the wounds of my autistic childhood inflicted by family are still fresh in my heart and mind. Why would I visit family submit myself to memories of a most painful unforgiving hellish autistic childhood past, I so totally want to forget as an autistic adult today. Finally autism as an adult is hell because even today I totally lack the skills to involve myself in any purely social activities at all. I barely have enough skill to manage the social interpersonal requirements of the typical workplace. I am barely able to stay employed! I live alone. I am unmarried and likely to stay without a significant other in life. I am alone but not lonely but this autistic adult life has few perks. I spent my life speaking on autism related topics and trying to help my fellow autistics. Despite it all I am a happy autistic adult only because, I'd rather be happy, humorous and fun than the old sour bitter forever angry stick in the mud caught in a life long pity party that is the only alternative. If I did not find a way to be positive and happy as an autistic adult my inner pains and angers would fester, mutate and become a powerful force for evil that in time I could not contain or manage. I am not a good happy seemingly well adjusted autistic adult because, I want to be some Pollyanna perfect guy. I am an autistic adult struggling with horrible inner demons because, failing to do so would leave me the kind of antisocial monster prisons are filled with an serial killer books are written about. I have sought professional psychiatric help and they are ill prepared to treat me. The one anti-psychotic medicine INVEGA that did help me manage my primal tantrum rages had side effects so bad it was not worth taking. So it falls to me the autistic werewolf to survive in humanity without losing containment of my forever angry autism tantrum driven beast within. Despite all I have done to succeed in life being an adult with autism is still pure 100% hell and nothing anyone else can do can ever change that! Oddest thing is that despite everything autism has done to shape me, I would not choose to be a normal person if the chance was offered to me. All I know is my autistic life and I have grown to like myself as an autistic adult and after 48 autistic years I am at peace with my autism now and do not want or need to be cured. Answer: I grew up with Aspergers. I knew that I was different, but never knew why. When my daughter was diagnosed with it, I finally understood why. The way I dealt with Aspergers, all my life, was to be funny. Comedians are expected to be eccentric, and people give you a lot of latitude because they think you're trying to "put one over on them." I never understood protocol, non-verbal rules or cues, so I resorted to a lot of introspection. I used to emulate people who were popular (What would Thomas do or say in this situation?) and got by that way. It gets easier as you get older, as long as you make the association between the rule and the error. Answer: Adult with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. March 2010. Often want to explain to people what it is like. Never do because it is pointless trying to explain verbally to the so called "normal" non compos. The experience is that of being in a society of people whose actions are illogical at best, and usually uninterpretable. The values of the society we find ourselves in are trivially focused on consumption and pro-creation. I and many with ASD relish being able to interact with other humans, however any attempt is thwarted because of the complete lack of common ground. In my case, I am able to interact verbally with others *if* the conversation is about science, math, logic or philosophy. However, no one ever discusses these math-oriented topics. Instead it is infatuation with sex and gold and sex and getting a new car and sex and sports and being cool and playing "match wits". Here is a way to picture it. Imagine you are in a society where everyone has an I.Q. that is 30 or 40 points less than yours. In that society, all institutions are run by these people as the norm. Now you are frustrated, because all of the decisions and processes of that society seems bizarre, consistently backwards, redundant, trivial, boring, unenlightened, predictable, and just plain wrong. You feel detached from this society. It's not really a big deal though, because you are happy to live inside your head, thinking and learning. You just wish there were companions like you. Some of us find our way into science, and when we do we find a lot of brothers and sisters who have ASD, and we get to interact over science and math like things, and explore philosophical aspects of existence over lunch. But out in the real world, we look like idiots to the rest of you. In my case, I prefer to communicate to non compos via text. Verbal communication is virtually impossible, because my mind is working on several subjects at once, and regarding the discussion at hand, I am 3 or 4 steps ahead of the other person, and, like a chess game, I have explored and weight-analyzed a multitude of discussion paths and reactions, and so my responses are out-of-sync with the others. Meanwhile, simultaneously I am mentally responding to all of the discussions around me and on any TV or radio in hearing range. But, all of my responses are purely logical and fact-oriented, while the others are playing games with allusions, metaphors, gotcha's and the like. I am definitely not cool. I have been told I am handsome, but to no avail - forming a relationship is impossible. I have had a couple of girlfriends, but it is awkward and quickly falls apart. 92% of my life has been alone. If any of the above sounds smug, as I am led to understand is common when ASD persons communicate, it is not meant to be. That is some of it. There is also the physical symptoms, such as when your left and right hands change places, when everything gets really thick and feels like it is made of sponge, when physical objects become integrated with your personality, and when objects in your field of vision pop into existence. They are very pleasant sensations when they happen. I can still drive and write and do anything, including thinking coherently. I love my autism. I wish everyone had it. We'd have settled the Moon and Mars by now, and would be spreading out to the galaxy. I hate it when the normals fret over people having autism. I am afraid they'll find a way to "cure" it. Answer: I knew I was different, but it wasn't clear till recently. I am now 35 with 2 daughters and the older is diagnosed with Aspergers, this was the first light into my autism. Growing up wasn't bad as some says our IQ seems to be bit higher than average. In my case around 130. But it didn't help me go through school where I lingered around college for years never really graduating but just taking classes. I then had a emotional breakdown and left my hometown completely without thinking of any consequences. Till this day I think it was the best cure to help understand who I am, a question I repeated in my journal ever since I can remember. I'm not an expert, but I connect with every comment and answers made here realizing that I wasn't the only one. Which already makes me feel better and that there is hope... for me and my daughter. So today, I agree it's not easy for us to be who we are. But maybe that is why we can enjoy this world even more than we think. It may take some time or some struggle before we realize what's really going on, but there is never a bad intention. We just think differently. Answer: What is it like? You go to a dinner with all your in-laws where almost nobody talks to you (ok, maybe that's not so weird), and while you're there you meet a distant in-law you haven't seen for a while and she doesn't talk to you either. This reminds you of other extended family members from your own family, and also former friends, co-workers, and classmates, who one day inexplicably just didn't like you any more. You never meet any of these people these days. At least you don't think you do, because you couldn't recognize them if you did. And even if you wanted to, you wouldn't be able to find most of the places where you'd meet up with them anyway. Then again, maybe they said 'hi' once but you didn't hear them because you can't hear that well, either. A decade ago you wondered what was the matter with you, why you couldn't graduate high school or hold a minimum-wage job or keep any kind of relationship going. Especially with such at outstandingly high IQ, which you rarely mention because it only leads to people expecting more. You used to do everything you could possibly do to keep people from getting angry, which was almost exactly like wearing a big 'kick me' sign. That led to your being emotionally and at times almost physically abused by several people, repeatedly, to which you responded by trying harder and harder, frantically, to please them so they wouldn't reject you. But since then you've been online and figured it out. You're not really a horrible person. You're not really lazy or retarded. For a few years you tried to find a cure, a therapy, or some insight, so you could fit in. You do your best now to keep a positive mental attitude, even though your best friend recently disappeared from you life for no apparent reason. You have no job, no volunteer work, no club, and no friends. It's just like high school, when you used to wonder how long it would take people to notice if you suddenly up and died. Fortunately, your spouse manages somehow to tolerate you. Otherwise you'd have no choice but to move back in with your parents. Over time you adjust to the probability that you will probably always be alone, and you try to make the best of it. You try to make a decent life for your children, and try not to let on how bad it is, although the older ones have probably already figured it out. You figure you can at least set a good example as to how to carry on during adversity. You get up in the morning and do chores and try to be the best person you can be, while nobody in the outside world notices. You click on free click-to-donate sites and consider it your volunteer work, and nobody stops you because they never meet you. And you slowly lose interest in the outside world because they're not telling you anything useful anyway. Who needs to socialize with people who are borderline retarded because they're the only ones that want anything to do with you, when you could be online reading about Babylonian base-60 arithmetic or listening to Schubert, or just walking outside in the woods. Answer: A life with autism, if you do not have autism and you are reading this you will not understand the way people with autism have to live there daily life, but hopefully someone who is reading this could prehaps see the world though my eyes, and see the world as a autistic person does, my name is Melissa, I am a 18 years old art student. Just recently I discovered I have autism. I wasn't surprised when I found out, it actually answered a lot of questions and made me see why i was different to everyone else. they say its hard for a autistic person to live a normal life, I believe this to be something psychologists have seen to be true, but i on the other hand don't have a normal life. Not only do i have to balance my college deadline and a part time job, but i also struggle with the one thing in the world that means anything to me and it just happens to be the thing i cant have. its kind of ironic really people with autism suffer with being lonely trying to find a way to break out of the illusions we see and find happiness in the world n i have found mine, but the problem is its on the other side of the country. after years of being secluded and outcast by the world I met one person who taught me the meaning of happiness, the one person who showed me the light while i lived my life in the darkness, the one person i care about more than anyone in this world, my boyfriend. but he lives miles away and i only get to see him once a week. which is hard to balance with college, work and my disorder, i find it unbearable at time to live, when hes there with me he makes all the clouds drift away and puts the sunshine back in my life. sometimes i feel like im living 2 lives once in my hometown surrounded by work and the only thing getting me through it is the passion of my art, and my other life in paradise with him. but in wont let this disorder stop me from living my dream, to be a successful artist n live my life with the person i love. i hope for people reading this it has given you some inspiration to those who have autism, and i believe anything is possible and autism can be cured. Written by Melissa Gemma Ward You tolerate dinner with the in-laws, pretend to have fun, and hide your frustration at being excluded and treated as if you have no ambition and not much of an intellect. After all, you're used to that. Answer: Being an adult with aspergers is like being from a foreign country. However, because I look the same and don't have a foreign accent people assume I'm a native(neurotypical) and expect me to be just like them. They don't allow for misunderstandings or me saying things in not "quite the right" way. If the aspies made up the majority of the population, then the neurotypical people would feel odd, out of place, misunderstood, and experience the world in a way that is different from the way the majority do. I have been pretending my whole life, trying to fake being neurotypical, but I always knew I was different. When I came home at the end of the day, I was exhausted by all the faking I had to do. I have wonderful abilities, artistic interests, a huge amount of knowledge, likes, and dislikes. However, because I turn people off in my communication style, no one really knows me. I can't share my interests with the world in a productive way. When I worked, I was always told that my actual work ability was excellent, but then I got laid off or fired for failing at the social aspect. The world would be so much simpler if people thought of me as a foreigner and accepted my differences as just a cultural thing. I don't feel that my natural way of being is abnormal, but because I don't act like the majority, I am seen as abnormal. Answer 4/21/12 I gather that Autistic people are very lonely in society and long for other like them. So why don't they just seek out other autistic adults and have relationships with them? It seems like there are so many out there. Why bother relishing in your loneliness about being different and seek out others who are also different. I am a Mum of a ten year old with classic autism and he is about to go to secondary school. I am thinking a lot of what the future holds for him. I have no idea what kind of life he will have. He many never be independent. I love hims so much and sometimes when people look at him strangely he doesn't really notice. Only when they don't answer him does he notice but he is really just puzzled. I notice and I just want to protect him. It frightens me when I read that autistic adults struggle so much. I have initiative and will help him find his place in the world. It doesn't have to be normal. I think its a case of creating an opportunity where he can be around others like him. ANSWER I am almost 40, and I always joke afterwards, with "going on 12". Most people think this is a charming description of a playful outlook on life, but have no idea I am serious. Family members have been waiting and waiting for me to "grow up", or as they say "get with the program", not realizing I never will, and never wanted to or shouldn't have too. At this point in my life they have all "given up" on me, and "written me off".... this hurts more than anyone can ever imagine. They never tried to "understand", or accept me. My entire life has revolved around their disapproval, which makes the loneliness that much greater. I have some very good lifelong friends who are great, but no matter how long they have been there, I feel none of them, no matter how hard they try, or how much they want to, will ever really "know" me.... but at least they accept me and help me feel less like dying. I now, to top it off, have a son, almost 8, with aspergers as well, so have to mow have my heart break watching people judge him on top of their judging me, and a boyfriend with aspergers as well. I can feel so much of the world rolling their eyes at us, like "great" now there are two of them going nowhere. Well, with me now shouldering the judgment, of my boyfriend and my son, and myself, life is harder instead of easier. I know some people think, well, now you aren't alone, but now I have three hearts to protect from breaking, and yes, we are all three still alone in our own way. We are just alone together now. Mellisa. Hello Mellisa (two "L's" One "S"... Interesting), Aspergers- autism spectrum disorder, et al... Is and should be a huge PLUS for anyone affected by it (within their own head anyway). The less fortunate must sit out and use only 10 percent of their brain 'at rest' while those of us with Aspergers use most of our brain all of the time. Considering that science only knows how and why 10 percent of our brains work, the 10 percent use is much of a misnomer and confusing. Simply meaning, that technically, everyone uses ALL of their brain power (whether it is moving fluids, O2 or simply electrical impulses). Just the same, most people (w/o brain damage or Aspergers) use less than 10 to 30 percent of their brain 'at any one time' for example: Resting and thinking is 10% for most people. 30% for those same people is while they are at work running a jackhammer and thinking about lunch, going after a cup of coffee and maintaining the need for leaving space for cream and sugar or deciding if they want to really waste $5 at Starbucks or while standing by the water cooler checking out the office people with a deviant mind or preparing for a party (had to cover bases people might comprehend). Quick note: In someone with Aspergers, we will be thinking (while doing all of the above) about the tick tick in the car, the shoes our children are wearing, the extra "yet outgrown" children's clothes which are in perfectly good condition, from GAP and not Wallyworld (who in fact has destroyed America's economy by forcing the outsourcing of jobs and businesses so they can cut prices and drive the mom and pop stores out of business in order for their own monopoly to thrive whereby they pay very low wages and offer their employees easy access to government assistance to even out their pay rate [bet you didn't know they have that agreement with Social Security and Dept Economic Security did you?]) that we carry around in the trunk of our car or store someplace in our home waiting for the right child/family or place to give it to so we can feel better for not wasting it or giving it to someone who might sell it then but booze and drive drunk and kill someone... And then about that person's (who does not really exist except in our scenarios) mother who would miss them (both the child run down and the drunk who is now in prison during his mother's heart bypass surgery), AND for the little girls and grown women being abused by the Muslim religion, or the baby boys who have the skin on their penis removed when they have no decision on the matter all due to a religious belief that our parents might not have ever realized existed, or simply let the doctor circumcise the baby boy because that's normal Modus Operandi... At the same time watching out for people who might be in trouble or getting ready to cause trouble and the kill or maim spots we might need to apply pressure to if and when they make their move on the public whom we must defend and what we might be having for lunch or dinner and whether we really did grab the cinnamon or not.... then again, did we also grab the carrots and herbs as well... Oh look, a quarter! BY COMPARISON (some noted above): Those of us with Aspergers use the 10% at rest PLUS another 30% to 80% (with more to spare) thinking of all sorts of issues, solutions, the past the future (rarely the present except when it involves safety and how well we look as we walk past the mirror), solving the problems of someone else... Compared to the other end of the autistic spectrum, the same 10% is used, while another 20% to 60% is covering the wonders of their own world, fear (which burns up a lot of brain power in electrical impulse and the fight or flight syndrome). Plus the floating spots of activity that never really connects to anything, yet occasionally causes a sudden outburst of anger or depression. An adult who knows this much can actually put their Asperger enhanced brain to better use because we are able to multi-task and think deeply about many problems and solutions simultaneously while recalling phone numbers and such from our childhood. This varies from person to person, but the potential is always there. I just so happened to have been born with fluid/water on the brain- [which was drained by a doctor who essentially saved me from a life of diapers and drool...] (BTW- I look normal/handsome and yes I do have somewhat of a vanity issue... But that's just me and women seem to love it)... -causing "Cerebral Parenchyma and increased bifrontal 'signals' IE. "added brain signal power!?" [because our brains will always make new paths for the electrical signals needed for normal brain function] with dilation of the frontal horns, where prominence of the sulci is very evident. meaning that what was originally thought of as brain scar tissue or dead brain matter aka "Encephalomalacia" is actually a dark spot of active brain which is the latest term the neurologists have given the portions of my brain which had died due to the hard birthing incident and a subsequent automobile accident in 1984 (NOTE: I was not born a mongoloid, but simply went through a very hard birth and oddly, I can recall and have recanted of the decades what happened on Valentines day 1966 when I was actually born on March 17, 1966 and have described it to my parents over the years and they agreed then realized, WAIT, you were born in March of 1966, not February 14th! So, if it's a soft brain issue prior to birth, then I must be a soft brained yet special kinda man who actually had Aspergers prior to birth and since I very well might become US President in 2016 *Watch for me* (we can only hope, because I have everything solved *esp the job and debt issues plus the only viable way to make certain that the corrupt politicians will get together and vote together to make this work-out... And my plans are spelled out in detail with ALL laws needed to prove they can indeed be put into play and within the Law, as such, they are ready to go and I do not play politics for either corrupt side). See? There's a bit of the Aspergers and higher complex thinking peeking out of my mind where the brain is firing in additional areas that normally do not function as receptors, but only as "grey matter or storage for unused brain activity".. Now don't I feel special (not). So we add this "bifrontal encephalomacia" damage (the neurologists are now totally loopy with what they've discovered, even though I have already discussed it with many neurosurgeons over the past two decades, including my own neurosurgeon from Mesa, Arizona who could not figure out WHY I was not dead or in diapers after the massive head injury and intracranial hemorrhage (we're talking the part of the most critical portion of the brain that keeps us alive, IE. the Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Pituitary and Pineal glands), along with the frontal and temporal lobes.... Most of us Asperger types like to spill our entire life story scenario and history so that people will know exactly what to expect from us and via our point of view and thus should not be shocked when they learn more about our intentions, limits (which are none) and we never lie (we refuse to lower ourselves to the point of needing to lie) because a lie is wholly improper and unnecessary (from my aspect anyhow and I know that many others share these traits. I was just blessed twice with what should have been fatal injuries to a systematic ability to solve issues with law and reasoning that other people cannot see either because they have preconceived ideas or extremely concentric thinking of which they have been awarded academic degrees for being taught and subjecting themselves to rules and regulations that even Einstein says are a huge hindrance to learning practical and applicable trades and the simple ability to study and "file away" industrious knowledge versus basic theory and hypothesis. Okay... Now I'm running off as usual with my normal over explaining things. That's what it's like for me yet I have left out about twenty pages of details, names, facts, figures and research of my past actions that will prove that everything I have stated is absolutely true and concise. Edging slightly where a presumption of 'other people's minds and brains' when in fact, many of them are circumstance of projected subject matter (studies) for my explanation and percentage of brain usage... Sure, I probably did not need to explain that, but I do not want someone to claim I stated these facts, that can be taken out of context and disproven (by yet another theory made through a series of someone else's researched facts) when my subject matter was geared towards MY situation and the generalized yet unrecognized 'potential situation' of everyone with Aspergers Syndrome. But I digress and I am stopping this while I have the option. JLM. (MORE)
Asperger's Syndrome (aka Asperger's disorder or AS) is adevelopmental disorder commonly referred to as a mild form ofautism. Basically, the person who has Asperger's is almost normal, but hasdifferent manifestations in different people. I know a person withAsperger's who can learn a new language ve…ry quickly (very smartwith languages), but cannot interact well with people and oftensays things without thinking. Someone who has Asperger's syndrome might display the followingcharacteristics: -- Seems rude, unsocial, weird, not nice, mean, etc; -- Is not always clean, yet has clean and organized areas and/oritems; -- Is obsessive with interests -- and these interests are notcommon to many other people who do not have the condition; -- Is not good at explaining things; -- Does not seem interested in another person's interests orthoughts, but will talk obsessively, at length, and in detail abouthis or her own. -- Intelligence is very high in certain subjects such as sciencesor trivia, but not so with subjects like sports, mostly because ofthe large involvement of people. -- Is no better than fair with people, especially people he or shedoes not know well enough, and is usually poor. -- Does not like to be touched; this could be in certain areas orthe whole body in general. -- Does not understand basic social functioning; how to be withpeople; what not to say, when, why, or the like. He or she will saythings like, "You look really fat today," and not realize thatsaying that will hurt another person. He or she tends not tounderstand this, and it will need to be explained to him or herfactually and logically, not emotionally. This is because theperson will often have problems with understanding emotions, evenhis or her own. In addition, Asperger's syndrome is characterized by concrete andliteral thinking; obsession with certain topics; excellentmemories, and being "eccentric." These individuals are consideredhigh-functioning and are capable of holding a job and of livingindependently. NOTE ON STATEMENTS ABOVE: Asperger's Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder. Some cases are associatedwith a genetic disorder. It is now believed that all cases have agenetic component. Although it is often described as a "mild form of autism," the useof "mild" is inaccurate. It is a higher-functioning autism spectrumdisorder, which means people with Asperger's Syndrome have greaterability to function in society, which in turn means it often takesmuch longer before they are diagnosed correctly and makes it morelikely they can hide more of their differences. As with autism,Asperger's Syndrome can range from mild to severe. They do not always have clean, organized areas, but they usuallyknow exactly where everything is. The obsessive interests can be ones that are common to otherpeople, but to them it is more that it is their life rather than ahobby. When it is a more common interest, it can take longer beforethe condition is diagnosed, because it does not seem out of theordinary to other people. They have average to above average intelligence. It is notnecessarily that they have high intelligence in fields like scienceor trivia, but more often that they have an excellent memory forfacts, which includes sports. They might know all the statisticsrelated to a given sport, or even the entire rule-book for thesport, but avoid ever actually attending or playing the gamebecause of the people. They also tend to have good analyticalskills. Of course, they can be geniuses with amazing talents incertain fields, too; it was for this last reason that Dr. HansAsperger, the Austrian child psychologist who first observed it insome of his younger patients and hence after whom it has beennamed, called those with the condition "little professors." It is not necessarily that they dislike being touched; in fact,many like certain types of physical contact. However, they usuallydo not want to be touched by people they do not know well. They mayhate light touches, but love a heavier touch. They may beoversensitive to touches on certain parts of their bodies. TempleGrandin, who herself has an autism-spectrum disorder, invented asqueezing machine that she first used on beef-cattle to calm themdown. When this device is used on humans, it offers what is called"deep-pressure therapy," for it provides the pressure that somepeople with autism and Asperger's Syndrome find very relaxing.Others prefer to sleep under heavy blankets. (MORE)
Response: Researchers and mental health experts are still investigating the causes of autism and AS. Many believe that the pattern of behavior that characterizes AS may have many causes. There seems to be a hereditary component to AS, and research indicates that in some cases AS may be associated …with other mental health disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Researchers are also looking into whether environmental factors that affect brain development might play a role. Contrary to the incorrect assumptions some may make about people with the disorder, AS is not caused by emotional deprivation or the way a person has been brought up. Because some of the behaviors exhibited by someone with AS may be seen by others as intentionally rude, many people wrongly assume that AS is the result of bad parenting - it isn't. It's a neurobiological disorder whose causes are not yet fully understood. Currently, there is no cure for the disorder - kids with AS become adults with AS. But many lead full and happy lives, and the likelihood of achieving this is enhanced with appropriate education, support, and resources. Response: The actual causes of Asperger's disorder are unknown, and there is no real cure. Nor is there much known agreement on what the best courses of treatment are beyond management of the demonstrated symptoms, deficits, and maladjustments. But persons with Asperger's can live comparatively normal lives. Response: Asperger's Syndrome and autism are more likely to occur in families that already have people with those conditions in them. Children of men over age 40 are more likely to have children with autism spectrum disorders than men who are under age 30 when they have their children. The researchers had not determined whether this was due to sociocultural factors, more genetic mutations in sperm-producing cells as one ages, or something else. The article " Combination of Early Detection, Timely Treatment Hold Promise for Autism " indicates that older fathers and mothers, low birth weights, shorter pregnancies, and too little oxygen during birth might "be associated with an increased risk for autism spectrum disorders". Another study shows that mothers who take the epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant are more likely to have children with autism. These are early findings, so valproate might not be the cause, and it might instead have more to do with which epileptic women are prescribed valproate. In the related links section are articles from ScienceDaily.com on autism research, including the one on older fathers. There are additional links on genetic studies of autism in the related question "Which chromosome is associated with Asperger's Syndrome?" Response: Asperger's is believed to be hereditary, however it occurs more on the male side than the female side. I have Asperger's (diagnosed), and my dad has suspected Asperger's (undiagnosed), and it is the same of many people at our local Asperger's group - most of the adults are undiagnosed because the NHS ignored Asperger's up until about the 1990's and so many adults were missed, but are now thought to have AS as they have similar behaviour problems to their sons who have Asperger's, but now the NHS isn't really bothered about patching up the problems it made. Primarily focusing on those under 25. That doesn't mean that no female has Asperger's, there are a few females with Asperger's, for example Claire Sainsbury - author of Martian in the Playground and daughter of Lord Sainsbury (owner of Sainsbury's Supermarkets in the UK) has Asperger's (the book Martian in the Playground is her story of how she was treated at school with Asperger's). Quite ironically as well when Grange Hill depicted someone with Asperger's at the school that person also was female, maybe the research team should have done better homework on that one! With Asperger's being a DNA mutation there will be an increase over time in the number of people who have AS - for example one person with AS has 3 children, 2 of which have AS, then they go on again and have another 3 children and 2 of them also have AS that's 4 people with AS, and the other person who doesn't have AS has the DNA and passes it on to their children you could possibly have up to 9 people with AS from one family in two generations (maybe even more if they have even more children). Also despite people with Asperger's lacking social skills and finding it hard to make friends, or be romantically involved, with recent changes in communication through the Internet social skills are becoming less and less of a necessity, thus further increasing the Asperger's population. Response: it comes usually by genetics. (MORE)
Temple Grandin, a person with high-functioning autism, wrote a letter suggesting some poor job possibilities and good possibilities for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome entitled "Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome" for which two links are provided in the Re…lated Links section below. Grandin's list serves as a good guideline for job possibilities and considerations. She suggests avoiding jobs that put significant demands on short-term working memory because that is a limitation for people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. She advises choosing jobs that make use of the excellent long-term memory that they have. She divides jobs into four categories with her reasoning for why the job is either a good choice or a bad one. I have included one or two examples each from these categories, with additional comments based on posts to autism and Asperger's Syndrome forums that discussed her list. For the full list of over 30 recommended jobs, access the link below. Her examples and reasoning about them can help you evaluate other job possibilities, too. Bad Jobs: . Air traffic controller -- Information overload and stress . She also lists cashier as a bad choice because of the short-term memory requirement, but some people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome disagree about cashier being a bad choice, since cash registers do the calculations for making change, now. However, they do say that it could be a problem if you must interact with too many people. . Good Jobs for Visual Thinkers: . Computer programming -- Wide-open field with many jobs available especially in industrial automation, software design, business computers, communications and network systems . Equipment designing -- Many industries, often a person starts as a draftsman and then moves into designing factory equipment . Most people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome, and the people who know them, believe that computer programming and other computer-related or Internet-related jobs are good choices. Grandin views herself as a visual thinker, so the jobs she lists in this category are probably ones she could more easily visualize herself performing successfully. . Good Jobs for Non-Visual Thinkers: . Accounting -- Get very good in a specialized field such as income taxes . For jobs in this category, she is focusing on people who are good at math or facts. She also suggests that computer programming can be a good job for non-visual thinkers.. Good Jobs for Non-Verbal or Low-Verbal People: . Restocking shelves -- In many types of stores . One complaint in the forums I read concerning this fourth category was that these are primarily minimum wage, but as many others pointed out, there are not as many employment options for non-verbal and low-verbal people. However, one of the choices she mentions is data entry, which can be a higher-paying job, especially if the person can perform it in specialized fields, such as medical insurance coding. . The list of job possibilities for people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome should not be limited to the ones Grandin suggests, but many people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome or who have family members with those conditions think it is relatively accurate and would be useful for considering jobs for adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Since each person with autism or Asperger's Syndrome has different levels of strengths and weaknesses, a job that would work for one might be too stressful for another. Also, consider the special interests of the person and how they might be used in a job. (MORE)
Are manic depression and borderline personality disorder and sociopathic disorder and autism and Asperger's Syndrome all the same illness in different parts of the spectrum?
No. They are completely unrelated, however some can be comorbid; existing together. For example, schizaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.. Comment on Comorbidity of Conditions with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome . Several studies show that about 40% of peopl…e with autism or Asperger's Syndrome have one or more mental disorders, and others indicate 65%. Two studies indicate that almost 30% of people with autism or Asperger's Syndrome have a form of bipolar disorder. Some websites refer to a high correlation between autism and borderline personality disorder, but do not give a percent, whereas other websites claim that people with autism are misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder because of similarity of symptoms, despite a difference in motives, feelings, and thoughts. For more information on conditions that are comorbid with autism spectrum disorders, use the link for The National Autistic Society (UK): Mental health and Asperger syndrome. (MORE)
Knowing exactly who has Asperger's and who does not is currently not possible for most people in so-called "normal" society. A: There are visible signs of the condition, mostly displayed in the behavior of those who have it. Such people can be said to have Asperger's, and many of them crack t…hat it, however, does NOT have them . A: Asperger's Syndrome can affect people of any race, gender, religious background, nationality, social class, etc. It can be inherited or be a spontaneous genetic mutation. It is more often diagnosed in males than in females. (MORE)
Autism and Asperger's syndrome are both autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and pervasive development disorders (PDD). People diagnosed with any type of autism spectrum disorder are either social avoident or socially inappropriate. Asperger's Syndrome is considered to be "high-functioning." It i…s identified in people who have average or above average intelligence. They may have sensory integration disorder(s), which means any of their senses might be overloaded and overwhelming to them. People with Asperger's Syndrome also have self-stimulation (or "stimming"); in other words, obsessive and narrow interests (e.g., trains; video games; cars; astronomy). Most people diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome don't have problems in language, although it has been noted that speech can be unusually fast, jerky, loud or quiet. Some researchers speculate that there is a difference between high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. So, it is possible that the people with high-functioning autism have problems with language while those with Asperger's Syndrome do not. Most notabily, individuals with Asperger's (like with autism) have social skill impairments including problems with the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction. Also, like with autism they may have trouble developing peer relationships appropriate to developmental level. Autism and PDD-NOS (a moderate form of Autism that can't specified by any other spectrum disorder) is considered to be "low-functioning." People with Autism or PDD-NOS have "stimming" that are considered to be "unusual" behavior (e.g. flapping their hands; rocking back and fourth; spinning things; rolling around in blankets). They may have sensory integration disorder(s), which means any of their senses might be overloaded and overwhelming to them, which they can't make sense of. Many people with Autism and/or PDD-NOS are non-verbal. (MORE)
I have read an article about the connection between febrile seizures and autism. It suggests that febrile seizures which go on to progress to 'status epilepticus' may cause brain damage and result in autistic traits. The article is called "Febrile Seizures and the Amygdala in autism spectrum disorde…rs" by Teresa Binstock. (MORE)
Although the incidence of autism is low, women who smoke during pregnancy are 40% more likely to have children with autism, according to Karolinska Institute researchers.
Apparently, there is no publicly known diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome (AS) for Michael Palin. Some people believe that he has some traits associated with AS, but reasons for this supposition seem to be lacking. One reason provided at least once as evidence that he has AS is his stutter and soci…al awkwardness in the movie "A Fish Called Wanda". Perhaps his portrayal was thought to be so good that it must have a basis in his own life? Another reason suggested was his intelligence. Undoubtably there are other reasons, but they were not listed. Some people emphatically deny the possibility that he has AS. People with AS are not often thought to have a sense of humor, which Michael Palin as a member of Monty Python does. This is a misconception because people with AS can have a sense of humor, although it is more likely to be a dry sense of humor or one that is not immediately recognized as humor by most people. He is also described as very social at booksigning events, which would not be typical of someone with AS. (MORE)
Answer It depends on whom you ask. The two labels are differentiated in the official diagnosing manual (DSM IV) only by the presence or absence of an early language delay. And people diagnosed with Asperger's do have language delays (pragmatic, higher lever linguistic organization, and figurative… language delays) that become more obvious with age. The other "spectrum" diagnoses are quite different. IMHO, it seems an artificial boundary, and it makes more sense to label both forms "autism," with the more severe form referred to as Kanner's Autism and the less severe form as Asperger's Autism. People with either form of autism need support to function to their full potential, but those with asperger's autism could be expected to live independently with employment. Those with kanner's autism can be expected to need full-time support. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: a label of kanner's autism does not imply low intelligence. I have known very bright kanner's. They just need very good communication support. Answer Yes, if that someone does not have "classic" autism. I who have Asperger's disorder have NOT been diagnosed with "classic" autism. Answer If a person has autism, he or she does not have Asperger's Syndrome. If a person has Asperger's Syndrome, he or she does not have autism. Having one precludes having the other. As knowledge about autism has grown, five distinct conditions that present with similar features have been identified, and they are now known as autism spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. Autism and Asperger's Syndrome are different disorders within the category of pervasive developmental disorders. As research continues, it is possible that autism will be subdivided into more conditions, since it is informally subdivided into infantile and late-onset or childhood and atypical autism. Because it seems that there is no single cause for autism, it is certainly possible that it could become several different conditions after more research. So, one of those possible future varieties of autism could be merged into Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's Syndrome is a neuro-developmental disorder, specifically a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), also known as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resulting in differences in the way the brain processes information. Pervasive developmental disorders include: 1. autistic disorder also known as autism or Kanner's Syndrome, 2. Asperger's Syndrome (AS), 3. Rett's Syndrome (RS), 4. Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) also known as Heller's syndrome, and 5. Pervasive Developmental Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Pervasive developmental disorders have characteristics in common: they are marked by impairments in social interaction, imaginative activity, and verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and by a limited number of interests and activities that tend to be repetitive. While most of these PDDs are diagnosed while the individual is a child, people with Asperger's syndrome can often function well enough that they go undiagnosed or wrongly diagnosed for years. Sometimes children diagnosed with high-functioning autism are relabeled as having Asperger's syndrome when they are older as more distinguishing characteristics become apparent. There are many people who were not diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome until their teens or adulthood who have never been diagnosed with autism. Some people with Asperger's Syndrome cannot live independently, so they might be diagnosed earlier in their lives or misdiagnosed with autism or another condition. One of the criteria for diagnosing Asperger's syndrome is that a diagnosis of autistic disorder has been rejected, as well as other pervasive developmental disorders. In other words, you cannot have Asperger's syndrome if you have autism. However, unfortunately, you can have Asperger's syndrome and still be misdiagnosed with autism, or sometimes PDD-NOS. Answer I have a son who was diagnosed with Asperger's. I am also a special education teacher (32 years). Mental Health experts separate Autism and Asperger's syndrome and consider them to be two different developmental disorders. In the state where I teach there is no differentiation between the two as far as special education law is concerned. A student with Asperger's syndrome would have an "Autism Impaired" certification if he or she needed special education services. (MORE)
Most studies focus on autism or autism spectrum disorders, rather than Asperger's Syndrome specifically. More than one chromosome is linked to autism spectrum disorders. The chromosomes involved according to various studies are listed below. A few sites providing information on the genetics of au…tism highlight results about several of the chromosomes: Exploring Autism: A Look at the Genetics of Autism Autism is Likely to Be Linked to Several Genes There are also articles that could be available through your library's electronic database subscriptions or available in journal form from an academic library. Some hospitals also subscribe to electronic databases with medical information and allow public access. Autism: In Search of Susceptibility Genes - abstract (August, 2002) Links to the articles at ScienceDaily.com about studies on certain chromosomes are provided below in the related links section. . Chromosome 2: Researchers Identify First Gene Variant That Appears to Increase Risk of Autism in Significant Portion of the Population (April 1, 2004) Chromosomes 3, 4, 7, and 11: Different Genes May Cause Autism in Boys and Girls (July 31, 2006) Chromosome 7: New Genetic Link to Autism Discovered by Studying Speech (Jan 11, 2008) New Protein Implicated in Autism (Mar 27, 2007) Chromosomes 7 and 21: Study Links Regions of Two Chromosomes to Susceptibility for Type of Autism (June 9, 2005) . Chromosome 11: Gene That May Lead to Autism Identified (Mar 14, 2007) Chromosome 13: Study Points to Chromosome Site of Autism Gene (Dec 3, 1999) Chromosomes 15 and 22: Gene Screen to Identify Causes of Autism (Oct 17, 2008) Chromosome 16: Novel Chromosome Abnormality Appears to Increase Risk of Autism (Jan 10, 2008) Recurrent Genetic Deletion Linked to Autism, Study Shows (Jan 10, 2008) Chromosomal Abnormalities Play Substantial Role in Autism (Jan 22, 2008) Chromosome 17: UCLA Scientists Pinpoint Region of Autism Gene on Chromosome 17 (May 4, 2005) (MORE)
Are conditions such as ADHD and bipolar and even high functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome often misdiagnosed?
I do not know how often they are misdiagnosed, but they can be. The majority of recent cases for which I have heard about misdiagnoses by child psychiatrists were because the parent was certain it was one condition and described incidents that supported that condition, to the point of severely disto…rting them from what really happened. The other major category of misdiagnoses were by educators who were not trained at evaluating those conditions, but recognized a couple signs in some of the children they found difficult, and put a label on for convenience. (MORE)
It is uncertain. Some people who diagnose or work with people with Asperger's Syndrome describe Asperger's Syndrome (AS) as high-functioning autism (HFA), while others of them think there is a difference. The following is a list of suggested differences between Asperger's Syndrome and high-functi…oning autism. . Children with AS might seem normal in family situations and have extreme stress when family is not present. Children with HFA have difficulty in all situations, including those with family. . Children with AS are more likely to form attachments to family but not to strangers, while children with HFA tend to withdraw from everyone. . People with AS want friendships, whereas people with HFA do not care. . Children with AS might have precocious language development while children with HFA do not and might even have delayed language development. . People with AS usually do not have repetitive, stereotyped patterns of behavior except for the all-absorbing preoccupation with a special topic about which an extensive number of facts might be memorized, whereas people with HFA are more likely to engage in repetitive behaviors that draw attention such as head-banging, hand-flapping, and chewing. . People with AS are more likely to exhibit motor clumsiness. People with HFA are more likely to have average or above average motor skills. . People with AS are more likely to be diagnosed as teenagers or adults while people with HFA are more likely to be diagnosed as children because of the slight differences in symptoms. . People with AS might be more imaginative than people with HFA. (MORE)
I usually argue that autism is a higher category (like a higher taxon, to borrow from taxonomy) than Asperger Syndrome and thus Asperger Syndrome is a subset of autistic conditions. Autism exists as a spectrum, with Asperger Syndrome at the 'high functioning' end of it. Truly autistic people grow up… with delayed language, not speaking until two or older. The isolation is probably thus more severe for true autistics. Also, it is often said that true autistics are delayed in learning or cognitively impaired with lower Intelligence Quotients compared to those with Aspergers. Autistics also have the tendency to line up objects and follow strict routine behaviour. Asperger-conditioned people share the lining up of objects attribute with strict routines perhaps. But very often, Aspergers are not delayed in language, have average to high Intelligence Quotients. I am not sure whether the restricted interest attribute is restricted to Aspergers. Aspergers tend to become hooked on restricted interests. Cars, dinosaurs, plants, astronomy, chemistry, trains are all interest areas possible for Aspergers. I presume that the more difficult the subject matter the more superficial the study in the case of any autists (true autist or Asperger) who are of lower IQ or of lower cognitive ability. In relation to language, true autists are portrayed as really struggling, whereas Aspergers are inclined to develop complex vocabularies, often more pedantic and proper than those of their peers. (MORE)
Yes. It's genetical but it is a lot more common in males than females. About 3 or 4 times more common in males than females so id say you will be so lucky if you can find a female with Asperger's. About it though males with Asperger's are 3 or 4 times more common than the other gender the average am…ount of people with Asperger's in the whole world of all genders is 1 or 2 % of the population (MORE)
Children with Asperger's Syndrome suffer from sensory sensitivity or are "sensory defensive". This sensitivity can encompass any or all of the senses: sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. These sensitivities are real, and cause the sufferer much discomfort, some describing it as 'painful'. Sensory… overload can trigger a meltdown, often being the 'straw that broke the camel's back'. Some sensitivity's will diminish with exposure and the passage of time. Others will remain as severe for life. Does your child insist on wearing the same clothes, hat or shoes all the time? Does your child ask for the same foods for every meal? Does he/she shy away from outdoor activities or not like the flashing lights at a school disco? Do they become distracted by strong smells, or notice smells before anyone else? Do they get intensely frightened by balloons popping, fireworks or crowds applauding? Then they may have sensory issues. Some stimuli your child may be sensitive to:- Auditory -mower; vacuum; fire alarm; clock ticking. Visual -sunshine; fluorescent lights; fans; 'trigger' colours. Olfactory (smell) -perfume; deodorant; scented washing powder; toothpaste; insecticides. Tactile -Shirt; shorts; shoes; socks; static in clothes; feel of wind on skin. A lot can be done in managing these sensitivities, such as Sensory Integration, Auditory Integration Training and Occupational Therapy. For light sensitivity there's Irlen Lenses. At home you may consider a "sensory diet" of activities including: Whole body actions e.g. swimming; hanging by the arms; push-ups Proprioceptive activities e.g. pushing hands together in prayer position; pushing against a wall with legs Vestibular-proprioceptive activities e.g. swinging; trampoline; bike riding; dance Tactile activities e.g. body brushing; rolling on an exercise ball For sound sensitivities consider using ear plugs, headphones or even blue-tac in the ears to muffle the sounds. Having your child listen to music they enjoy (of a soothing nature rather than heavy metal) can benefit, and monitor the lighting in your home - natural is best. There are many other factors that can contribute to sensory overload. Many Asperger children are extremely sensitive to the moods of other people, especially when they are in close proximity. The effects of other people's moods seem to wash over ASD children, and it evokes a differing response in each child. (MORE)
Aspergers is in fact a high functioning autism. Its as though its a link between normal and autistic and often treated differently.
Both Asperger's Syndrome and autism are pervasive developmental disorders, otherwise known as autism spectrum disorders. It is assumed that they have very similar genetic causes. Before Asperger's Syndrome became known as a condition, some children were labeled as having high-functioning autism when… they would now be diagnosed as having Asperger's Syndrome. There could be a difference between high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome, as some specialists have tentatively suggested, but more research would be necessary to determine that. The diagnostic criteria for autism and Asperger's Syndrome have more characteristics that are similar than are different, although some are more common or more severe in one condition than the other. (MORE)
Well to clarify, Asperger's Syndrome is within the Autism Spectrum Disorders. So it would help if you were more specific. But Asperger's Syndrome is classified as High Functioning Autism. Symptoms are commonly associated with social dysfunctions and antisocial behavior. Children with AS tend to be s…mart and have similar symptoms to that of OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder), having an ability to "zero in" on specific topics and often repeating speech and behavior. Autism, or the most common form associated in the media, is defined by the ASFA as: A complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults on the autism spectrum typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Autism is one of five disorders that fall under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by "severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development." (Copied from http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_whatis) All of the disorders within the Spectrum have symptoms of social dysfunction of one degree or another. Whether it is lack of speech or general communication or inability to understand social cues. (MORE)
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no. A: Some people describe Asperger's Syndrome as a mild form of autism. This is inaccurate. Asperger's Syndrome and autism can be equally severe or equally mild. There is a range from mild to severe of each. It is labeled as autism if the child has mental retardation, whereas Asperger's Syn…drome is associated with average or above average intelligence. But, when people recognize that a person is retarded, they have different expectations, so certain situations can be more difficult for a person with Asperger's Syndrome because other people expect more, not understanding their difficulties. The diagnostic criteria of both are very similar. It might be labeled as autism if the child has difficulties that are recognized at a young age, but in later years, it could be rediagnosed as Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's Syndrome is sometimes called high-functioning autism, which means they are apparently better able to function in society. However, some people who have Asperger's Syndrome cannot function in society. Similarly, some people with autism can function in society. Because people with Asperger's Syndrome tend to have higher intelligence, they can find ways to compensate for some of their difficulties, but that can result in more stress than a person with autism (or Asperger's Syndrome) who avoids the situations causing those difficulties entirely. Some people who have worked with children with autism and Asperger's Syndrome have speculated that they are differences. One possible difference is that children with autism have better motor control, and thus are better at sports and physical activities, whereas children with Asperger's Syndrome have poor motor control (clumsiness). Another possible difference is that children with autism do not care whether they have friends, but children with Asperger's Syndrome want friends but are unable to develop friendships, so they feel more depressed about that. In summary, there are differences, but they are probably equally adverse. You could find some people with autism who have cases that are more adverse than some people with Asperger's Syndrome, but you could also find some people with Asperger's Syndrome who have cases that are more adverse than some people with autism. (MORE)
I was just wondering the same thing. It would be wise for someone to research them as a variable for enviromental and medical factors linking to these conditions.
No, they are not the same condition, but they are related disorders, and thus are similar. Both autism and Asperger's Syndrome are autism spectrum disorders. For a link to a question comparing both, see the Related Question section below. It is possible that what is known as high-functioning auti…sm is the same as Asperger's Syndrome, but some people argue that they are different. For a link to a question listing possible differences, see the Related Question section below. (MORE)
A person with autism or Asperger's Syndrome uses stimming to relax. Stimming can help them cope with stressful situations. It can also help them focus.
Asperger Syndrome IS Autism, the only difference between the two isthat with Asperger Syndrome there is no developmental delay in thechildren diagnosed - however many doctors misdiagnosed people withAsperger Syndrome instead of Autism to avoid the stigma of Autism.The two conditions have been merged… because there is really nodifference between the two at all, it may simply be that anAutistic child develops at a different speed from the child who isAsperger Syndrome - that doesn't mean that they are two distinctlyseperate conditions. (MORE)
Anyone can be born with Asperger's Syndrome. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with it, however. Some psychiatrists believe that girls are born with Asperger's Syndrome at the same rate as boys, but are not diagnosed as often as boys are. Asperger's Syndrome does appear to run in families, so a …genetic componant is quite likely indicated, though not yet identified. (MORE)
It's relative. It depends on your opinion about what constitutes a high rate. The vast majority of people do not have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. It occurs in less than 1% of the population. There is a higher rate of cerebral palsy, but a lower rate of multiple sclerosis.
Asperger's Syndrome and autism are both autism spectrum disorders, but they are at different parts of the spectrum. The two conditions have very similar symptoms.
Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is similar to autism. Both belong to the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) group. AS differs from Autism and other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. (see related links)
Asperger's Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder. The diagnostic difference between autism and Asperger's Syndrome is that autism has delayed language development while Asperger's Syndrome does not. (However, some people with Asperger's Syndrome displayed delayed language development.) Often, peop…le with the symptoms who have below average intelligence are diagnosed with autism, while those who have average or above average intelligence are diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. As conditions, Asperger's Syndrome is not worse than autism nor is autism worse than Asperger's Syndrome. Both disorders can range from mild to severe, so one person with autism might have a much more severe case than another person with Asperger's Syndrome, while another person with autism might have a much less severe case than another individual with Asperger's Syndrome. Severe retardation is a significant impairment that occurs in some cases of autism, so that combined with severe symptoms of autism might be worse than cases of Asperger's Syndrome. Because people with Asperger's Syndrome have average to high intelligence, they are more likely to have developed techniques to avoid or cope with their difficulties and thus make it appear that they have fewer problems. This means that Asperger's Syndrome can go undetected for years, even into adulthood, so the person does not understand why he or she is experiencing so many difficulties. (MORE)
No, but he has astigmatism. He wears contacts. Without them, he's blind as a bat!
Can you be diagnosed with autism in the 1960s and later be rediagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome instead?
Absolutely. Asperger's Syndrome had not been identified as a condition then, so children with it were diagnosed with other conditions including autism or obsessive-compulsive disorder or were described as odd, troublemakers, or whatever characteristics were most dominant.
Asperger's Syndrome is related to autism. Both are in the family of autism spectrum disorders. The two conditions have very similar symptoms, but Asperger's Syndrome is less likely to have a delay in the development of language use. When a child has the symptoms, autism is often diagnosed when IQ is… below average, while Asperger's Syndrome is more likely to be diagnosed when IQ is known to be average or above average. (MORE)
A randomized, controlled, double-blind study showed "significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness" in children with autism in the treatment group compared to those in the non-treatment group. Previous studies we…re not controlled, so their results were in doubt. This study was reported in 2009, so there might be only a limited amount of research available at this time on hyperbaric oxygen chambers for treatment of autism. (MORE)
What is the job for a person who works with children who have Asperger's Syndrome or autism or related disorders?
Are you looking for a career title or seeking specialized help? An obvious answer would be a professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, etc... with experience in working with these disorders. They are out of the range of most counselors but these professionals do exist. If you are interest…ed from a vocational perspective, you at least a bachelors with additional certification in social work. (MORE)
When she was a child, Temple Grandin was diagnosed as having autism. If she were being diagnosed today, it would probably be labeled Asperger's Syndrome.
Only a professional can diagnose Asperger's Syndrome. If you think that a certain individual may have Asperger's, it probably is not your business, but if you are a friend you might discuss your concern. People with Asperger's are often extremely successful in life, but often need a little extra soc…ial support. A: Michael Blosil suffered depression. He indicated that he had few friends, which is common among people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), but that trait is not sufficient to diagnose AS. (MORE)
Asperger's Syndrome does not seem to occur more frequently than autism. More cases of autism are diagnosed than cases of Asperger's Syndrome. However, due to differences in diagnostic criteria, the difference in occurrence of autism to Asperger's Syndrome can range from slightly more frequent to ove…r 15 times more frequent. (MORE)
The actor Atticus Shaffer is not described as having autism or Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and details about him do not make it seem likely. The character he plays on the television series The Middle , Brick, is "quirky" and has symptoms that make it seem possible that the character has an autism spe…ctrum disorder, but the character is not identified as having one on the show. (MORE)
Generally we hate changes to our surroundings and our routine, because of the way our brains file information differently. If I have to move home, I need to visit the new home several times, plan the route, see the surroundings, spend some time quietly encountering the rooms so that I can sense the… noise levels, smells, light levels etc in that home. For some of us, touch is hugely important - actually being able to go round using our hands to feel the walls and fixtures. It might take 100 days or more for us to properly settle into somewhere new. With schools, really good advance information about the school and the routine is also important. The school also needs to have a quiet zone of some kind where we can just relax for a few minutes away from the sensory avalanche of social information. (MORE)
How likely is it that the child of a woman with Asperger's Syndrome will have Asperger's Syndrome or autism?
There have not been any specific studies into the rate of autism/AS children of individuals with Asperger Syndrome. However, many studies into parents of autistic children have found that those parents are more likely to have autistic traits. One case study report on a little girl with two Asperg…er's Syndrome parents can be found at the link below: At 26 months, this girl was showing strong signs of autism but no overall developmental delay, suggesting that she, too, had Asperger Syndrome. (MORE)
I have Aspergers, and I understand money perfectly fine. I know how to save it up, what I should and should not buy, saving for college, how to run a business, advertising, and what a fair allowance is. So yes, they can. I think that depends on the person with autism, I have autism and I'm hopele…ss with money, I don't Understand tuppence of it all. Ha! Get it? Tuppence! HaHa! (MORE)
A: Anyone can have epilepsy, so yes people with Asperger's syndrome could have it as easily as anyone. A: There is a link between seizures and autism spectrum disorders; one in four children with autism or Asperger's Syndrome will experience seizures.
Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism which excludes clinicallysignificant intellectual disability and delayed speech. Some alsoinclude clumsiness in the description, but there was neveragreement on that. The ICD-10 calls it "A disorder of uncertain nosological validity",and it has been removed co…mpletely from the DSM 5. A new patientmight be told they have an "autism spectrum condition" in the U.K,or an "autism spectrum disorder" in the U.S. (MORE)
Asperger Syndrome is at the higher functioning end of the spectrum. In the DSM-IV, there are five conditions on the autism spectrum. Two of them (Rett Syndrome and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder) are extremely rare, so the majority of people on the autism spectrum have a diagnosis of either auti…sm, PDD NOS or Asperger Syndrome. Asperger Syndrome(AS) requires that the person said their first words by 2 and their first sentences by 3, and have no major delays in cognitive skills or adaptive functioning. (Although many psychologists ignore the adaptive functioning criteria, allowing kids with normal IQ and verbal skills to be diagnosed as AS even if they have significant nonverbal delays.) So therefore AS is at the higher functioning end. Where it gets complicated is that autism and PDD NOS have no functioning requirements. Autism is typically diagnosed when the kid has a significant language delay. But whereas some autistic kids never learn to talk or speak very poorly even into adulthood, some overcome their early language delays and end up pretty much indistinguishable from AS kids. This is often referred to as high functioning autism or HFA, although others use that term to include anyone on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum regardless of diagnosis. PDD NOS is diagnosed when the kid doesn't meet criteria for a specific autism spectrum condition, but the psychologist feels they belong on the autism spectrum. As such, these kids are even more variable. PDD NOS is sometimes diagnosed in kids who are too young or low functioning to show some of the signs of autism, such as lack of pretend play (if they are below an 18 month old level they wouldn't play pretend anyway). As a result, PDD NOS can include the lowest functioning autistic individuals, such as someone who is unable to walk due to profound cognitive impairment. On the other hand, it can also be used for people whose issues are too mild for an AS diagnosis, who would be the highest functioning kids. And it can be used for atypical autistic traits at any functioning level, such as a kid who has autistic-style social impairment but doesn't show any repetitive behavior. For one example, kids with Newson Syndrome, a suggested new category of autism spectrum condition, are usually diagnosed with PDD NOS. These kids show social impairment, sensory issues and usually language delay, but also defiant behavior caused by a phobia of being controlled, and many are quite sociable. In addition, they often have increased pretend play and socially oriented obsessions. So psychologists think they probably fit on the autistic spectrum, but they're clearly atypical. So, Asperger Syndrome has to be high functioning, but the other two common autism spectrum diagnoses can be at any level of functioning. (CDD and Rett Syndrome are always low functioning.) (MORE)
There really is no difference between Autism and Asperger Syndrome,thus why the two diagnosis have now been merged - many doctorssimply diagnosed Asperger Syndrome to avoid stigma of Autism. Theonly real difference was that Autistic children showeddevelopmental delays, however that in itself does no…t mean thatAsperger Syndrome was a seperate disorder just that differentchildren develop at different rates. (MORE)
No, Michael Jackson did not have Autism (Asperger Syndrome is Autism). Michael Jackson showed no autistic traits tosuggest that he was autistic.
Asperger's Syndrome is considered part of the Autism spectrum because the core feature - the inability to understand social interaction is the absolute reality of the entire autism spectrum, inclusive of AS. .