Reading many of the definitions on here,there seems to be a lot of confusion about the condition.
A mental disorder affects your day to day abilities,thoughts,feelings,perception and basically everything.If someone is diagnosed with aspergers just because they are a bit eccentric,but can function exactly the same as anyone else,then maybe they shouldn't be classed as having a real disorder.I can tell you,i've met LOADS with aspergers that have no difficulties with mixing,understanding or anything.In fact maybe they just have insomnia or are hyper or like starwars!
Out of the 15 i met,only 1 was genuinely handicapped and the other 1 had intellectual issues,so basically,they were only 2 that had limitations.The rest just didn't like the tags on their clothing or something that didn't affect their life,yet me,who has severe anxiety,limitations,learning difficulties,day to day functioning issues e.g. shopping,catching the bus,cooking,speaking to people i don't know,everything like that really badly!-got left,yet all the ones who just were funny about clothing got 100 times more support than i did,so either aspergers is too minor for me to have with my scrambled brain (believe it or not,i have noticeable limitations to what i can do.I mean,i can do about as much as a 7 year old and i'm 16!) or aspergers is diagnosed to just anybody with a weird quirk?
aspergers syndrome is real,but bear in mind,a mental disorder disables you!
by catonia January 17, 2009
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Asperger's syndrome is a neurological condition and developmental disorder categorized as an autism spectrum disorder. Symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, or AS, often manifest themselves as forms and examples of social ineptitude, such as: naivete; mild-ish difficulty communicating and expressing ideas, especially a.) to another person in person and/or b.) through the spoken word (this one is especially from personal experience); mild to *moderately* severe difficulty making eye contact due to the eyes showing a lot of emotion and telling exactly what the other person is feeling or thinking because our brains don't work that way; narrow-mindedness, to a certain degree; etc.

However, individuals with AS, frequently referred to as 'Aspies', often - not always, but often - have an IQ ranging from average to considerably high. "Symptoms" and advantages of such a high IQ resulting from AS include: a fascination with - almost obsession over - a specific topic (examples: Greek and/or Roman mythology/mythologies, dystopian science fiction, a specific period in history); very large vocabularies filled with sophisticated and sometimes kinda complicated words; knowing almost everything there is to know about their topic; being the most likely to succeed in all the nerdy careers so that everyone else can get to being superstars and supermodels and pop stars and other social icons that almost every neurologically typical teen idolizes; etc.
If the only people in the world were incredibly social, non-nerd/non-geek, not-even-really-fully-wanting-to-and-definitely-not-caring-about-learning-enough-to-get-into-college-to-get-a-science-or-law-or-something-like-that-degree-to-become-a-teacher-or-science-or-lawyer-or-something neurotypical, we wouldn't have any more new iPads or iPods or iPhones or anything like that, and no new social media sites or apps or good books to read.

Aren't you glad there are nerds and geeks and people with Asperger's syndrome to make Apple products and apps and social media stuff?
by HGF88 August 23, 2014
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The real Asperger's Syndrome is part of autism. However, some posers decide to be "autistic" and start self-diagnosing themselves as those who Asperger's Syndrome. Not only do they make it seem more like a poser disorder, they make real aspies want to beat the living shit out of them.

The example would be an emo kid who labels herself having Asperger's without a doctor who knows shit. I'm not much into emo shit so I knew that emos try to look cool using other people's diagnoses. What about being Bi-Polar and having that emo use that diagnosis sent by the doctor instead?
BTW, I know better than to proclaim to have Asperger's Syndrome even though I'm been diagnosed with one by the doctor. It is not glamorous or hot. In fact, it makes me too much like Phil Fry when I walk around in the city.
by Sasquatch_Rebel May 02, 2008
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A neurological disorder that makes social interaction extremely difficult, like something as simple as starting a conversation with someone you barely know. The cause for it is still unknown, but researchers are still trying to figure out the cause for this form of autism. Those who have Aspergers Syndrome are often labeled as odd or eccentric, because we are used to being in our own world. Since we're usually outcasts in large groups of people, we go towards our interests, in which we are very brilliant at.

Symptoms vary depending on how mild or severe one's case is. People with this condition usually have trouble fitting in, are often the victims of bullying (throughout high school), and happen to have narrow interests on things in which they are very passionate about. For example, they will have a fairly good amount of information concerning movies, trains, geography, puzzles, etc. It'll almost be like they know every single detail about their interest to the point where they have almost a professor or encyclopedia equivalent knowledge about that subject that they know so much about.

If you have it (which I do), have no fear. Although we may be bad at keeping friends and maintaining a conversation, we're gifted in many things that we enjoy the most. Never let this condition get you down, because you are special and have a very bright future to live for.
Idiotic Guy: You're weird and geeky.
Smart Guy: I have Asperger's Syndrome, get used to it.
Idiotic Guy: (trying to think of a comeback) Well....you're still friggin' weird.
Smart Guy: When was the last time you memorized every quote from "American Pie" and were not afraid to perform in front of people? That's right, you don't have my traits, which I'm talented in.
Idiotic Guy: (speechless)
by Simplistic Seth July 15, 2012
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the only disorder where "sufferers" have fuck all in common with eachother because all "symptoms" are normal personality traits that everyone in the world has at least one of.
there is no such thing as asperger's syndrome
by big davey January 01, 2006
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A real-life mental disorder, related to autism, that only about 2-3% of people claiming to have it have actually been professionally diagnosed by a psychologist.

Sometimes known as "Ass Burgers". Sufferers (emphasis on sufferers) are sometimes calles Aspies or "ass pies".
Here's a protip: People with mental disorders usually don't brag about it like it's a badge of honor, especially a form of autism. It's always worth a good laugh to see every awkward, socially-inept, angsty teenager who has ever gotten beat up by the "jocks" in school claim to have Asperger's Syndrome to justify being an utter loser.
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Asperger Syndrome is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted and stereotyped interests and activities. AS is distinguished from the other ASDs in having no general delay in language or cognitive development. Although not mentioned in standard diagnostic criteria, motor clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

Asperger syndrome was named after Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who appeared to have normal intelligence but lacked nonverbal communication skills, failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Fifty years later, AS was recognized in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems , and in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as Asperger's Disorder. Questions about many aspects of AS remain: for example, there is lingering doubt about the distinction between AS and high-functioning autism (HFA); partly due to this, the prevalence of AS is not firmly established. The exact cause of AS is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic contribution, and brain imaging techniques have identified structural and functional differences in specific regions of the brain.

There is no single treatment for Asperger syndrome, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of treatment is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and clumsiness. Most individuals with AS can learn to cope with their differences, but may continue to need moral support and encouragement to maintain an independent life. Adults with AS have reached the highest levels of achievement in fields such as mathematics, physics and computer science.Researchers and people with AS have contributed to a shift in attitudes away from the notion that AS is a deviation from the norm that must be treated or cured, and towards the view that AS is a difference rather than a disability.
Asperger's syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, by stereotyped and restricted patterns of activities and interests, and by absence of delay in cognitive development and of general delay in language. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody and intonation, and motor clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.
by EugeneY. November 11, 2007
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