Speech Therapy

Aspergers In Adults – Symptoms

One of my colleagues is a complete workaholic and is absolutely obsessed with it. He has an eye for detail and can answer any query related to his work, but other than that he hardly interacts with others. It was only after meeting him did I learn more about what is aspergers in adults. But, as my other colleagues say, he is a good person, and is constantly making efforts to improve his limited social interactions.

Aspergers In Adults:
Though this is a disorder that stays for life, the severity of the signs reduces as a child grows. Also, with certain social trainings they can improve a lot. Let us learn more about the signs and symptoms an adult with this condition would exhibit.

  • Unlike kids, adults with this developmental disorder are more stabilized and with age they only get better.
  • Any individual with this disorder has a problem understanding the feelings and emotions of others and does not sympathize with them. This might hurt the other person but, such stoic reaction is not intended. The make up of the brain is designed in that way.
  • They have a problem studying and understanding the facial expressions, body language, and the other non-verbal gestures.
  • Whatever is spoken to them, they take the literal meaning of it and do not understand the contextual meaning.
  • They are also not good at reading between lines, and the speech that has hidden meaning to it.
  • As adults their focus is directed only on one subject, topic, or interest, and they spend most of their energy learning about it. They tend to become experts in the field of their interest.
  • It is not easy even as an adult to initiate, make, and maintain friendships. They prefer to work alone and for longer hours.
  • They are not comfortable participating in activities that involve interaction with other people.
  • Their intelligence levels are high.
  • They lack the basic essentials and pragmatics of social conduct.
  • They have trouble controlling their feelings and are often prone to anger management problems.
  • Depression, tension, anxiety, and stress are some of the emotions that are hard to control.
  • They experience an inability to listen to others, and empathize with them, due to which they are often labeled as selfish, rude, arrogant, insensitive etc.
  • They enjoy and feel secure following a set routine, and often feel threatened when new changes are introduced. They are averse to variations in their schedule.
  • They lack imaginative skills and are stressed when they have to think of new ways to improve their work.
  • Their communication skills are limited and they usually end up with ‘small talks’. Conversations cannot be lengthier, interesting, and they do not take turns while talking.
  • They have trouble understanding other person’s point of view, and for that visual clues have to be used.

These are some of the signs and symptoms of aspergers in adults, which can help one diagnose the condition and provide timely intervention by an expert. People with this disorder can still have a successful personal and professional life and have a chance of improving the skills they lack in.

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