Asperger’s is a condition on the autistic spectrum and is classified therefore as an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). As with other conditions categorized as such, AS has an impact on the social interactions of an individual, changing the way they interact with others. It may also have some effects on an individual’s interests, their communication, and more.
While Asperger’s has a lot in common with autism, it differs in that it is less likely to affect language development (communication difficulties are typically restricted to non-verbal), or intelligence.
Asperger’s is largely thought to be an inherited developmental issue, but the precise mechanisms and causes are not fully understood. It is thought that environmental elements might also play a role.
However, it is not necessarily accurate to think of this condition as a disorder or illness. Many high functioning Aspergic individuals will lead full, happy lives. They may see their condition as an integral part of their personality, and even as a strength in many ways.
In this post, we will look at 12 common symptoms – or characteristics – associated with Asperger’s.
1. Lack of Empathy
Those with Asperger’s appear to demonstrate empathy far less frequently and appropriately than neurotypical contemporaries. AS individuals might fail to comfort a caregiver if they should show signs of distress (such as crying) for instance – despite the fact that they will often form strong attachments with those significant people in their lives.
The lack of empathy is not malicious however and does not lead to cruel behavior (as might be the case in sociopathy). Rather, it appears to be a genuine difficulty with understanding the emotions of others or even correctly identifying them. An Aspergic individual may see someone crying but not really understand that they may want comforting or benefit from that.