Aspergers Symptoms in Adults
What do we know about Aspergers symptoms in adults? The prognosis of Asperger’s syndrome can be extremely diverse. Many people who had specific problems in childhood, are well-functioning in adulthood, although they have retained the personal characteristics associated with Aspergers syndrome, which were seen in them from early childhood. For other people forecast in terms of psychosocial adaptation is not so good, and in adult life they will not be able to live independently. Most of them occupy an intermediate position between the superior adaptation and a negative prognosis.
It is still unknown what percentage of people with Asperger’s gets to one group or another in adult life. There haven’t been any longitudinal prospective study of representative cases of the syndrome. However, only these studies can allow us to answer the question: what is the natural way of Aspergers syndrome progress?
Aspergers symptoms in adults persist throughout life
Despite the lack of systematic empirical research, there is a large clinical experience, which allows us to make certain assumptions about long-term prognosis of Asperger symptoms in adults. Almost all the authors in this field agree that the basic social, communicative, and behavioral problems associated with Asperger’s seem to persist throughout life.
Even if over time these symptoms are modified (with all sorts of associated problems: alcoholism, altered states of consciousness, depression, and fixation on the subject of death), the patient remains a very specific inability to quick respond and interaction in social situations with other people. This feature sometimes seems like complete lack of natural improvisation skills.
Some people with this syndrome can imitate some social “roles”, and for a limited time they can “act” these roles almost perfectly. Such an “acting” certainly can fool other people who do not know about the basic problems of humanity. In this case, a person with Asperger’s may seem “completely normal”, at least for a short time.
However, very soon it becomes clear that this man is almost completely devoid of natural ability to improvise in communication. His reliance on routines and lack of social common sense usually remain “intact” despite the resulting social experience, life events, and various forms of psychotherapy.
People with Asperger’s prefer insulation
Two out of five people with Asperger’s are very closed and detached in adulthood. These people have very isolated lifestyle, and it is difficult for them to sustain the company of other people. They always choose the insulation, if it’s possible. Some members of this group are married and have children, but in such cases, their spouses take care of all social interaction.
They are locked in his room or “suite” as soon as dinner is over, and refuse to waste time on such trifles as small talk or discussion of the day’s events. Unlike other people, they spend much time at the working desk or in their favorite chair, spending it on “important matters”. Sometimes it does mean that they are working on some important project, but in some cases – this is just an excuse to escape from other people to “sit and think” over the “important philosophical issues”. Direct questions can show that in fact they do not reflect during that time, but just sit with the “empty” head.
Aspergers Symptoms In Adults are similar to autistic
A small subgroup of a detached type of adults with Asperger’s syndrome is more similar to people with classic autism. Sometimes it seems like they are fully immersed in their own world and do not even hear people who talk to them. They can concentrate on another person only for a few seconds and then returnin to their normal detached state. Adult psychiatrists usually say that this subgroup has “chronic but atypical depression”, “schizophreniform disorder” or “the second type of schizophrenia”.
Some detached people with Aspergers symptoms in adults age may be mistakenly perceived as cold, evil people with “difficult character”. Others’ opinions of these people may also include the terms: infantile, naive, fragile, strange, tranquil, old-fashioned and eccentric. So, Aspergers symptoms in adults sometimes aren’t so obvious.