WHAT IS ADULT ASPERGER’S SYNDROME?
Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder on the higher-functioning end of the autism spectrum. People with AS have deficiencies in social and communication skills, along with a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.
One of the core problems for adults with AS is an inability to understand the intent behind another person’s actions, words and behaviors. Difficulty in seeing things from someone else’s perspective make it challenging to predict or understand the actions of others. Social interactions are often confusing and overwhelming.
Adults with AS tend not pick up on what is or isn’t appropriate in a particular situation. The difficulty in having effective social connections make them vulnerable to developing mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression.
Each person with AS is different. An individual might have all or only some of the described behaviors to have a diagnosis of AS. An evaluation for AS is important in ruling out other possible conditions and determining the most effective interventions.