Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome is a mental disorder that governs human behaviour. A milder version of Autism, Asperger’s is a developmental disorder. It is characterised by difficulties in social interaction and with non-verbal communication. Hurting oneself, deliberately or unintentionally, isolating oneself or being obsessively interested in a particular field of study, are some characteristics associated with Asperger’s Syndrome.According to National Autistic Society, Asperger’s Syndrome could also lead to a state of confusion and anxiety. In contrast to Autistic Disorder, there are no significant delays in language and speech in Asperger’s. There are no major delays in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills/adaptive behaviour (other than in social interaction) and curiosity about the environment in childhood.Asperger’s syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder. As discussed, a person suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome has difficulty in communication and socialisation. There may also indulge in restricted, repetitive activities and interests.It has been found that Asperger’s Syndrome is more common in boys than in girls. The development is normal during the initial stages, but people who are suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome lack warmth in relationships. They spend much time pursuing narrow interests, and are clumsy at times. Although, this condition is referred to as autistic psychopathology, there is no general delay or retardation in language and cognitive development (such as reading or math skills). They often come across as eccentric and solitary.