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Adults and Asperger Syndrome

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Asperger syndrome doesn't just affect children; it also persists into adulthood. The symptoms may diminish a bit as people age, but it never goes away.

Many adults with this condition go undiagnosed. Because little was known about the symptoms and condition until recent years, a lot of adults grew up not even knowing Asperger syndrome existed. After learning to cope with their awkward personalitie traits, many have learned to fit in and don't see the point of getting an official diagnosis.

Whether an adult should seek a diagnosis is a complicated issue. While it may help them find a greater understanding of themselves, they may also struggle with the label of a mental disability. Many of these adults simply feel that they have a unique personality and do not see the negative implications of the disorder. Instead, they assume that their personality differences are just normal issues that are particular to their personality type, just as a more social adult might struggle with feeling alone and lacking focus (both strong points for Aspergers sufferers).

Dating and making friends can be hard for adults with Asperger syndrome. The social struggles that these people face during youth do not always improve as they get older. Many adults are unable to seek jobs or develop romantic relationships because the condition makes them so shy. However, others are able to overcome many of these symptoms and socialize quite effectively, although they still have inner feelings of shyness. The key to breaking out of isolation is to practice talking with others, trying to understand their feelings, and empathizing with them during struggles. Through sharing, Aspergers adults can create lasting friendships.

The introverted nature of adults with this condition, as well as their ability to focus intensely on specific interests, can help them succeed professionally. Many famous geniuses, such as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, are suspected to have had the condition. Asperger syndrome allows adults to think differently and creatively, as well as focus for long periods of time on complex problems. Many become adept in science, computers, electronics, and other fields that involve a lot of analysis and understanding of systems. Asperger adults tend to be very good at endeavors that involve categorizing things.

Overall, adults with the condition might seem a bit withdrawn. However, getting to know them can be a rewarding process because they are often very unique individuals. While parenting aspergers children can be challenging, watching them grow into self-sufficient adults is truly rewarding.


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