Aspergers and ADHD
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Satori Wrote:All right, I got curious and started reading a few things on the web about Aspergers. Maybe it's because the "symptoms" that are listed are so general, but it sounded to me as though it's just a particular personality type being described. Didn't sound like a disease. What am I missing?

You are right. There is no characterist of Aspergers which is not found in every person to some degree.

Think of personalities as being levels of attributes (if you play video games, this makes more sense). Some people have certain characteristics more strongly, say, like perfectionists. Some people aren't that empathetic. Some people strong interests/collections. And so on. These are not considered to be Aspergers, however, when a certain number of such characteristics are found at once, it is.

The reason why it is a "problem":

Criteria A: There has to be an actual impairment in social interaction that is a problem. Being "different" in some areas doesn't qualify. Two of the listed criteria have to be present, most have all to some degree in my experience.

Criteria B: These deal with behavior, and a person with a personality with many characteristics of AS who doesn't have these behaviors is not AS, as you noted, it would be very broad otherwise.

Criteria C: Possibly the most important. For it to be a problem it has to be a problem. As you can probably see from some posts, children with AS, teenagers (especially) with AS, and families with members with AS often have the most problems, especially with school and family. Now that it is something that is more known, people are more likely to be noticed for it. It wasn't always like that (which results in a lot of adults now finding out they had it. I say "had" because it is probably no longer a problem and thus pointless to "diagnose")

Criteria D: This is a restriction on AS. AS is often considered to be on a spectrum of conditions. (My favourite term is "PDD-NOS", and I often use "Not otherwise specified" in real life because of it)

The rest of the criteria are making sure other personalities/problems are not caught in the diagnosis. It would be possible for someone to have these characteristics but have them for other reasons and often many other problems.

Like all people, we can act and learn. I do not stand out because of my personality and am (on the surface) quite social.

DSM Wrote:A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

1.marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity

B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning

D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)

E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood

F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia
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Aspergers and ADHD - by VoxClamantis - 08-22-2008, 05:53 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 08-22-2008, 09:17 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 08-22-2008, 10:37 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by britmum - 09-01-2008, 10:45 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 09-02-2008, 02:11 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by jovan66102 - 09-02-2008, 03:52 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by ResiduumRevertetur - 09-02-2008, 08:01 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 09-02-2008, 08:08 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 09-02-2008, 10:21 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 09-02-2008, 10:28 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 09-02-2008, 10:43 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by ResiduumRevertetur - 09-02-2008, 10:44 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by mom - 09-02-2008, 03:03 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by JesusFreak84 - 09-04-2008, 11:55 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 12-31-2008, 03:38 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 12-31-2008, 06:52 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by voxpopulisuxx - 01-01-2009, 11:53 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by AdoramusTeChriste - 01-01-2009, 07:57 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 01-01-2009, 09:21 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by Satori - 01-05-2009, 10:57 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by AdoramusTeChriste - 01-05-2009, 11:41 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by mom - 01-06-2009, 12:51 AM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 01-06-2009, 03:08 AM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by VoxClamantis - 01-17-2009, 09:06 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by somerset76 - 01-18-2009, 09:24 AM
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Re: Aspergers and ADHD - by devotedknuckles - 07-27-2009, 10:18 PM
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Re: Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 07-27-2009, 11:41 PM
Re: Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 07-28-2009, 12:18 AM
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Re: Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 07-28-2009, 12:27 AM
Re: Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 07-28-2009, 12:28 AM
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