Monday, June 20, 2011

Asperger’s disorder

NEITHER a real novelty nor a deep mystery, the “Asperger’s Disorder” has been long since receiving considerable attention not only in North America and in Europe, but so especially in Asia. This is why different Psychiatry Associations as well as various Clinico-Psychological Schools have given it considerable attention—even if only for the proper information and due attention of those concerned with behavioral sciences.

As usual, the internal liability of “Asperger’s Disorder” is accordingly diagnosed through patterns of the external behavior or known conduct of the person concerned. After the required formal integral analysis and official confirmation of the disordered behavior or erratic conduct pattern of a subject, its professional nomenclature is then scientifically given. For an expert diagnosis of somebody with questionable personality features, the opposite process is adopted: Find out first the former’s strange behavior or conduct syndrome, and his or her diagnostic pronouncement is thereafter made. Following are the more pronounced and marked personality traits of those afflicted with “Asperger’s Disorder—which is noticed as much more prevalent among males:

a. “Marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures and gestures, to regulate social interaction.”
b. “Lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests or achievements, with other people.”
c. “Lack of social or emotional reciprocity.”

It is distinctly noted that the essential features of “Asperger’s Disorder” specifically consist in serious and continuous impairment in social interaction. Furthermore, there is the common stance among behavioral experts that “Asperger’s Disorder” has a later onset in adults after and “Autistic Syndrome” verified in children.

In “Asperger’s Disorder”, there is a “restrictive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities” such that there is an “encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restrictive patters of interests that is abnormal either in intensity or focus”. (Cf. DMS-IV, APA, Washington DC, 4th Edition, 299.80)

Wherefore, one thing is categorically certain: “Asperger’s Disorder” causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational and other inter-relational functions on the part of those afflicted with it. This signal personal liability has much significance and implications specially in high leadership positions, in the exercise of key of administrative offices and management positions. The personality disorder also has a big import for marriage intents and purposes.

OVCRUZ, JCD
20 June 2011