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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Causes

Chris asks…

Is the recognition of personality and neurotic disorders a good or bad thing?

I understand that its beneficial for people who need medication. The reason I ask is that my Mum reads a lot of psychology books and has a very good understanding of various psychomatic ailments, but I think because she knows so much about such illnesses and disorders she has tried to “label” me and my siblings in a sort of “psychological hyprochondriac” kind of way. I was diagnosed with depression and as having Aspergers syndrome when I was 10 and I think the Seroxat I was on for ten years may have caused further problems. Also, my brother is 9 and she has successfully had him diagnosed for Aspergers Syndrome and Attention Deficity Hyperactivity Disorder – as far as I’m concerned has is a perfectly normal 9 year old. I’m just worried that my brother will grow up into the personality that she’s labelled him as like I did.
I am being ungrateful for my Mum’s help or do you think ignorance can be bliss with these sort of things?

admin answers:

The problem you’re describing is not with recognition of disorders, but their misdiagnosis.

That is, it’s a very good thing to be able to recognize disorders. Seeing them where they don’t exist, not so good, in fact, as you suggest, it can be harmful.

It’s not that ignorance is bliss, it’s that a little knowledge can be dangerous — that is, when it isn’t really knowledge, but is information being misapplied.

Wish I had some advice for you, but I really don’t know what to say.

I’m surprised that the people she took your brother to, who agreed with her “diagnosis” did so. I hope they know what they’re doing.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Ruth asks…

What symptoms of Asperger syndrome MUST you have to be considered to have it?

Assuming a person has a lot, but not all, of the common symptoms. For a 25 year old adult.
What should a person do if they believe that they may have AS?

admin answers:

You must fit the diagnostic criteria.
Here they are:

http://www.autreat.com/dsm4-aspergers.html

=)

…And no: you do not have to have absolutely ALL of the symptoms commonly associated with it in order to have it.

EDIT: “What should a person do if they believe that they may have AS?”

That depends on said person, really. If they think getting a diagnosis might benefit them in some way or other, or they just want an answer, they should seek out a therapist who has a good understanding of, or maybe even specializes in, autism spectrum disorders, and get themselves evaluated for it. If they don’t feel like they need a diagnosis, they won’t have to do that. But it might still be useful to read up on it, so that they will have a better understanding of the way in which their brain works and be able to live their life in a way that works for them.

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