Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ASPERGER'S DISORDER

Neither a real novelty nor a deep mystery, the serious personality liability known as “Asperger's Disorder” has been receiving considerable attention in psychiatric circles for some time – not only in North America and Europe but specially so in Asia. It is then understandable that different Psychiatry Associations as well as different Clinico-Psychological Schools are giving it considerable attention – even if only for the proper information and due attention of those concerned with behavioral sciences.

As usual, the serious personality liability of “Asperger's Disorder” is accordingly diagnosed through the patterns of the external behavior or manifest conduct template of the individuals concerned. And after the required study – official analysis and formal integration of the pertinent behavioral data gathered – the professional nomenclature of the personality disorder is given. The now known and called “Asperger's Disorder” in the personality constitution of an individual – which is noticed as more prevalent among men – has the following more salient and noticeable behavioral manifestations:

The essential features of Asperger's Disorder are severe and sustained impairment in social interaction and the development of restrictive, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities. The disturbance must cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.” In other words, “Asperger's Disorder” is manifested by such as the following behavioral patterns as forwarded by the much respected and thus often quoted Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition American Psychiatric Association (DMS-IV, 1995, pp. 75-77).

Marked impairment in the use of multiple non-verbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures, to regulate social interaction.”

Lack of social or emotional reciprocity”

Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities.”

It is quite interesting to quote what the above-cited well-known and famous Manual of Mental Disorders says about Autism and Asperger's Syndrome: Asperger's Syndrome appears to have a somewhat later onset than Autism.” This simply means that Autism in children could develop into “Asperger's Syndrome” for adults.