Aspergers in adults is typically seen as an individual with an above average intellectual ability paired with severely inadequate social skills and often an all-absorbing, obsessive interest in particular topics. The subtypes used to be separate diagnoses until the update to the DSM-5 diagnostic manual. Now, the subtypes are folded into one diagnosis known as autism spectrum disorder ASD. Approximately 2 million adults have been diagnosed with the condition.
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Learn more about how AANE can help. Many adults with an Asperger profile stumble upon the description of Asperger Syndrome or Autism Spectrum. They may read about it or be told by a family member or friend about the profile. Some may believe that the information matches their history and their current situation and, as a result, may self-diagnose. Others are not so welcoming of the diagnosis and do not choose to identify with the label.
People with Asperger syndrome may have high intelligence and better than average verbal skills. Most adults with AS have few cognitive or language skill delays. In fact, you may have above-average intelligence.
With every day that passes, we're learning more about autism and high functioning Autism, also known as Asperger's Syndrome. That's why it seems like so many more people are being diagnosed today - they are! But it's not because autism is spreading like some sinister wildfire. It's because we have improved our metrics to the point where we are better able to detect when people are on the spectrum than we have been in the past.