10 Common Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome
Many of us consider ourselves socially awkward. However, Asperger Syndrome takes this to the next level. It is a developmental disorder that affects your ability to successfully socialize and communicate. Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism with typically higher functioning from patients.
Asperger Syndrome is a rare condition, with fewer than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States. It is treated with communication training and behavioral therapy that helps sufferers socialize effectively.
Symptom 1: ADHD
Do you suffer from ADHD? It is common for those with Asperger Syndrome to be diagnosed with ADHD, as well. This is because of the common factors between both conditions, including lack of attention and impulsive behavior.
According to Healthline, “Both conditions develop early in life and have similar symptoms. They can lead to difficulty in socializing, communicating, learning, and developing, but for different reasons. A better understanding of Asperger’s and ADHD means more children are being diagnosed than ever before, and at an earlier age. Early diagnosis is the best way to effectively treat both conditions, but pinpointing a child’s issues isn’t always easy.”
Symptom 2: Difficulty with Social Situations
Those with Asperger Syndrome tend to not understand what is going on in social situations. They don’t recognize body language or tone of voice. They feel uncomfortable and are not interested in chatting about topics that don’t interest them.
Autism makes people seem detached, while Asperger Syndrome makes them participatory, but odd.
Symptom 3: Depression
People with Asperger Syndrome also tend to be diagnosed with mental conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
According to a post on Theinvisiblestrings.com, one patient stated: “I was diagnosed with both Asperger's Syndrome (now ASD) and clinical depression. We began the process of distinguishing and untangling the two factors from one another. The idea of going to therapy was something I hated, but I can safely say: it was necessary.”
Symptom 4: OCD
Asperger Syndrome and OCD are two neurological conditions that share similarities, including repetitive thoughts and movements.
You can be diagnosed with both of these conditions. One does not necessarily rule out the other.
Symptom 5: Anxiety
Do you suffer from anxiety? Asperger Syndrome can cause anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other disorders.
It is often difficult for those with Asperger syndrome to manage stress and anxiety. They have to try and fit a world that does not make sense to them.
Symptom 6: All-Absorbing Interests
Do you have an all-absorbing interest in specific topics? Like sports, technology, music…
According to the Interactive Autism Network, “People with Asperger's syndrome are known for having one, or several, intensely focused interests. These ‘special topics’ can give the person with Asperger's a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction. Unfortunately, they can sometimes be so all-consuming that they interfere with everything else…”
Symptom 7: Aggressive/Compulsive/Impulsive
Are you sometimes overly aggressive? Compulsive? Impulsive? These behavioral traits are common with Asperger Syndrome. Although, violent acts are not usually a result of Asperger Syndrome on its own, but accompanied with other conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
According to My Aspergers Child, one mother stated: “My teenage son is very aggressive and lacks any type of impulse control. He cannot be left alone with his siblings. Do you have any recommendations? I know he does not want to do these things, because when we talk about it, he says he loves his sister, etc., but he hurts her all the time. My poor daughter has to put up with his aggressions on a daily basis. I can't watch him every second he's awake. I also can't put either child in a protective bubble or send my son to his room and leave him there all day. I really don't know what to do with him and I'm not a big advocate of drug therapy. He's starting to internalize his behavior, and now said to me this morning that he's a bad boy even though no one tells him that, not us, or his teacher. I worry about his self-esteem as he grows older. We praise him when he's good, but he gets a ton of negative feedback: ‘Don't do this… don't do that, etc… you need to go to your room for hitting your sister’… I constantly feel like I have to micromanage him. But he knows he's in time-out or in his room a lot, and I do that so he can calm down or to protect his siblings. Any advice would be helpful.”
Symptom 8: Fidget
Do you fidget? Especially when something changes, or you are in a new environment? Is it hard for you to stay seated? Do you squirm? Interrupt others? Keep touching things around you?
Try fidget toys to calm you down and maintain focus. These toys include calming fidgets, sensory toys, chewy jewelry, and autism chewable.
Symptom 9: Repetition of Words/Actions
Do you tend to repeat words and movements? Asperger Syndrome causes such repetition.
According to AutisticAspergers.com, “Obsessions, repetitive behavior and routines can be a source of enjoyment for people with autism and a way of coping with everyday life. But they may also limit people’s involvement in other activities and cause distress or anxiety.”
Symptom 10: Learning Disability
Those with Asperger Syndrome usually have average or above average intelligence.
According to The National Autistic Society, “They do not usually have the learning disabilities that many autistic people have, but they may have specific learning difficulties. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.”