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Aspergers: Defining the Syndrome

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Aspergers: Defining the Syndrome

What makes you different? Is it your clothes, your personality or your hobbies? Do these things set you apart from everybody else or do they help you fit in? Would you change these things if you could. What if you couldn't change it because it was part of your DNA? Its something you can never change and it will be with you the rest of your life. One of these things is Aspergers. The symptoms, causes,diagnosis and their daily lives set them apart from everybody else.

Aspergers syndrome is a type of pervasive development disorder or PDD. PDD’s are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills such as; the ability to socialize with others, to communicate and using their imagination( Aspergers). It was discovered by Hans Asperger who was a viennese physician who recognizes this disorder in the 1940’s. It became universally recognized as a developmental disorder in the United States( Quinn 32-33).

At this point of time no one knows the cause of Aspergers Syndrome. However it tends to run in families which suggests that it might be inherited(Aspergers). When looking at the brain there are definite differences in aspergers patient's genetic make-up. They have a different “Blueprint” of their brain which maps different circuits. There are many genes and many different chromosomes that are involved. However some scientists think that environmental influences could be a factor because of the smaller
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