- Asperger’s is a form of autism that can cause difficulties with social interaction and communication.
- Diagnosing Asperger’s in adults can be a challenge because there is no specific test or diagnostic criteria for adults.
- Be on the lookout for the signs and contact your doctor if you think you have Asperger’s. They’ll likely refer you to a specialist, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist, that can assess your symptoms.
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that can cause difficulties with social interaction and communication. While it’s often diagnosed in childhood, sometimes it can go undetected, especially if it’s mild.
While adults with Asperger’s can often thrive and live healthy, normal lives, they can also face challenges. The best thing to do is to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis but in the meantime here’s a look at the common signs of Asperger’s in adults. We’ll also look into what causes it, how it’s diagnosed, and what treatment options are available.
What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?
In short, Asperger’s is a form of autism. While it used to be its own unique diagnosis, in 2013 the American Psychiatric Association combined all forms of autism under one diagnosis known as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Today, many individuals, including doctors, still use the term Asperger’s but it will always be medically diagnosed as ASD. So, what is it exactly?
According to Medical News Today, autism is a developmental disorder characterized by “difficulties in communication and social interaction and characteristic patterns of behavior.” The source says Asperger’s tends to be on the mild end of the autism spectrum (also known as level 1 ASD) and is considered a high-functioning form of autism.