Psychiatric Database for Writers: Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome is marked by unusual behaviors and difficulty with social interactions. Some professionals equate this disorder to high-functioning autism, whereas others see autism and Asperger’s as distinct diagnoses. Symptoms frequently include:

Unusual behaviors

  • Narrow, intense interests or “obsessions.”
  • Intense fascination for unusual things, like doorknobs or alarm clocks.
  • Rigid about sticking to routines and rituals.
  • A tendency to experience odd physical habits, like unusual ways of walking or talking.
  • Fascination with parts of objects; for example, taking apart TV’s.

Difficulty with social interactions

  • Problems understanding nonverbal communication. Problems understanding facial expressions and gestures.
  • Difficulty understanding social “rules” and cues
  • Difficulty finding close friends
  • Lack of interest in sharing time with others.
  • Difficulty expressing interest in another person’s welfare.
  • Often prefer to be with animals or inanimate objects than with other people.

Other characteristics that aren’t always present

  • Very formal and complex language, as if reading from an encyclopedia.
  • Tendency to interpret things literally.
  • Extremely sensitive to touch, smells, sounds, tastes, and sights (for example, they might prefer soft clothing, low stimulus environments, or mild-tasting food).
  • Tendency to be physically awkward
  • Exhibits messy handwriting
  • Dislike of being touched.

Extra notes on personality, character, and history:

  • It is speculated that Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton might have had Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Children with Asperger’s disorder sometimes display advanced abilities in language, reading, mathematics, spatial skills, and/or music compared to their age group, often reaching into the “genius” range.
  • Adults with this disorder tend to be talented in logic and spatial imagery, a characteristic that often leads to professional success, especially in careers where they can work alone.
  • Individuals with Asperger’s are known for their witty sense of humor, usually involving intelligent wordplay and satire

Alex Natalian, Psychiatrist and Author     Alex Natalian is a pseudonym for psychiatrist KRR.

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