What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?

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This term doesn’t really exist any more. The DSM-V (what psychiatrists use to diagnose stuff) just use autism.

Aspergers used to be used to describe people who could function in society, but this fell out of favour because we shouldn’t treat people (medically speaking) by how well they _appear_ to fit in, but rather, their actual internal struggles.

Technically “autistic but not autistic enough to be holocausted” since the distinction was made by a eugenicist nazi scientist but these days it just means your discord avatar is taken from an anime and you have strong opinions on Hegel

It’s a condition on the autistic spectrum. The simplest way of explaining it is that our brains are wired slightly differently when it comes to processing information – giving some of us problems with certain light conditions, sounds, tactile experiences (I, for example, can’t handle fatty, sticky stuff on my hands, like skin creams and the like).

There’s also a difference in processing information in general, and a lack of or reduced ability to filter information, whether we’re reading it or trying to express it, which is the cause for many a social faux pas.

That’s pretty much all there is to it; there’s no moral or ethical, nor even necessarily empathic component to it, just a *different* way of processing information.

If you’re in a country that uses the DMS then it no longer exists as a diagnosis.

If you’re in a country that uses another diagnostic manual then it may still exist as a diagnosis.

A person can generally function well in society but they may appear strange, not get your jokes if they require reading between the lines, and so on. Those in charge of the DSM said, “It’s just a form of autism but high functioning,” and so moved it, and a bunch of other disorders, into Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This is also one of the reasons why Karens on the internet will tell you that vaccines cause autism and point to the rise in cases of autism because they’re too ignorant to realise that the increase was due to redefining other disorders as autism.