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Asperger's Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Asperger's Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

ADHD,attention deficit hyperactivity disorderAsperger's Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Asperger's Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Asperger's Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Asperger's Disintegrative Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 299.80 Asperger's Disorder


A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

(1)          marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eve-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction

(2)          failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level

(3)          a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or

achievements with other people (e.g.. by a lack of showing,

bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)

                (4)     lack of social or emotional reciprocity

B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

(1)          encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus

(2)          apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals

(3)          stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)

(4)          persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occu­pational, or other important areas of functioning.

D.  There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years).

E.   There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

F.      Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia.

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

Other Mental Health Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria

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