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Adult Asperger’s

The diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome is now acknowledged to occur in adults, extending beyond traditional boundaries of children and adolescents. Asperger Syndrome (or Asperger’s Disorder) is a neurobiological disorder named for a Viennese physician, Hans Asperger. In 1944 he published a paper which described a pattern of behaviors in several young boys who had normal intelligence and language development, but who also exhibited autistic-like behaviors and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills. Mandy Roy from the Hannover University Medical School and her colleagues explain the clinical picture in the new edition of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International:

    The causes of Asperger’s syndrome have not yet been fully clarified, although a genetic component is likely. To make the diagnosis, tests are performed to assess social ability, fluctuations in attention, attention to detail, communication, and fantasy. It is also sensible to ask children or siblings about unusual features of the patient’s childhood. Typical behavioral patterns are evident in the clinical examination. Facial expressions and intonation are monotonous, although verbal expression can appear to be highly sophisticated. What is typical is narration with a great attention to detail. Patients usually avoid direct eye contact. There is often no response if the doctor smiles or makes a joke. Moreover, the patients feel diminished empathy for others. Many adult patients with Asperger’s syndrome live a withdrawn life and experience difficulties in partnership. They may appear to be egotistical or cold. However, their overall cognitive abilities would appear to favor realization of their professional or private objectives.

It is not necessary to treat every individual with Asperger’s syndrome. A combination of drug treatment and psychotherapy can be used for more severe cases. Source: Deutsches Aerzteblatt International

Adult Asperger’s

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Adult Asperger’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 17, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2009/02/05/adult-aspergers/3934.html

 

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