What really is Asperger’s Syndrome?- Teddy Frost
What really is Asperger’s Syndrome? Asperger Syndrome is common neurobiological disorder that is a part of the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. I personally like to call myself an Aspie it is shorter and much easier to say.
People with Asperger’s have symptoms that can range from unnoticeable to severe. Asperger’s shares many of similarities to other Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of these include Pervasive Developmental Disorder and High-Functioning Autism.
Asperger’s Syndrome has been in the DSM-5 (or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as a distinct medical diagnosis for more than 60 years in Europe but has only recently been recognized by the U.S.
Aspies and people with related disorders exhibit a serious lack in social and communication skills. Even though their social skills are lacking they have exceptionally high IQ’s compared to their normal peers.
Most people with Asperger’s are educated in the public-school system, but most require special education services. Due to their lack of social expertise, Aspies tend to be viewed as eccentric to their peers and are frequently bullied for acting and being different.
Aspies like myself desire to fit in socially and have friends. However, their desire does not mean they have the social skills to have friends.
Many Aspies have a great deal of difficulty making meaningful social connections. Many of Aspies are at risk for developing mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression, especially in adolescence.
The diagnosis of autism should be made by a medical expert. So that other options and possible diagnoses can be ruled out effectively.
So What really is Asperger’s Syndrome but a label. It is not a death sentence and does not mean that your child will bag their heads against the wall forever. It just means that they take longer to grow and mature as a person.