A developmental disorder, NOT a mental disease/illness.
Some people have autism.
by Wills0 July 01, 2009
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A condition characterized by obsessive interests and a lack of eye contact.Asperger Syndrome has many facets involving a difficulty in communication and inability to grasp social situations and body language. Sufferers report an interest in minor and trivial details, rather than being able to see the bigger picture. They also find 'small talk' difficult.Sufferers also get absorbed in their own head space and find relationships difficult. They also have a tendency to take words and phrases literally, e.g. If someone with Asperger's saw a sign in a telephone bill paying shop stating "cash point" the AS suffer would assume cash point meant an ATM cash machine and would go to draw money out of it.AS sufferers tend to prefer the company of pets and animals and shun the limelight.They can also have temper tantrums and indulge in activities called stimming which is hand flapping or other none verbal gestures such as finger flicking - sufferers of Asperger Syndrome do this when under stress or pressure.Asperger syndrome is a big subject and their are countless different personality types and subcategories of illness/condition.Sufferers are often referred to as eccentric or weird. Everyone with Asperger Syndrome is different.Asperger Syndrome is a form of Autism.
Autism and Asperger's Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives
by Paula Jacobsen - Psychology - 2003 - 171 pages
by Timothy Roberts February 18, 2006
A mental disorder or personality disorder (depending on who you ask), that causes social and sensory problems for the person, and sometimes mental ones as well. Can come with advantages, depending--again--on whom you ask.

Scientists of the Internet agree that there are three types of Autism:

1.) Rain Man Autism: When the person is seriously mentally handicapped, but may have some savant talents.

2.) The Sherlock Holmes Autism: What your Autistic friend from school or work has. Super smart in some ways, super socially awkward in some ways, and super awesome in every way.

3.) Wannabe Autistics: Also known as "self-diagnosers," these are the schmucks who read about Autism online and decided they had it, without getting any professional opinions. For more information on this, see Special Snowflake Syndrome.
"My first boyfriend was had Autism. Not the Rain Man kind, but the Sherlock Holmes kind."
by Sally Shears December 06, 2014
To be too smart for your own brain to handle
The guy from rain man has autism
by Heliosjiee October 10, 2009
A mental condition that can either make you really smart and a little retarded or really retarded and a little smart.

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Asshole: LoL That guy over there talks funny.

Nice guy: Shut up idiot he has autism.

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Guy 1: Wow that dude just drew a scale replica of the Sistine Chapel on his homework.

Guy 2: Must have high-functioning autism.
by A Guy with autism December 07, 2013
A mental disease that occurs in the formation of the brain. With different degrees of severity, it may range from mild social disfunctions to complete lack of speach, comprehension, etc. Usually pair with this problem is often a very exceptional gift such as extraordinary math or memorization skills. NOT THE SAME AS RETARDED.
See the movie "Rain Man". In it, Dustin Hoffman plays an man with autism.
by leppert leinad December 16, 2005
A serious and very real developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, restricted and repetitive interests and impaired communication.

Victims of autism suffer from severe mindblindness (complete lack of empathy) and often live in their own world.

A disorder where over 75% of those diagnosed today do not actually have it.

Those who actually suffer from the disorder want to be cured and are quite upset by the mass of fake autistics running around claiming otherwise.
I have severe autism. I began receiving SSI as a child, I attend Voc Rehab and will never be able to live on my own. I spent years in hospitals and institutions because of my autism.

by Najia April 25, 2009

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