Asperger’s syndrome falls within the autism spectrum and can affect speech and language and result in heightened environmental sensitivity. However, it can also result in having extensive knowledge and recall about particular subjects.
Because those with Asperger’s tend to focus or even obsess over a couple of topics (leading to the superior knowledge of them), they may find it more difficult to connect socially. Here are 12 other interesting things to know about Asperger’s…
1. It Falls Within Autism Spectrum Disorder
Doctors no longer diagnose Asperger’s on its own; it is considered a “high-functioning” form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to WebMD. While there are some similarities between Asperger’s and other forms of autism, Asperger’s tends to be less severe.
The medical community stopped referring to Asperger’s as a separate condition in 2013, when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) changed it classification. There is a new diagnosis in the manual called social pragmatic communication disorder, which overlaps with Asperger’s symptoms.