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Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger disorder (AD), is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical (peculiar, odd) use of language are frequently reported.

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What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with asperger syndrome, 60% report having depressive or psychotic symptoms, 53% report having anxiety and nervousness, and 36% report having depression. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of asperger syndrome are temper problems, lack of growth, antisocial behavior, obsessions and compulsions, and nightmares, although you may still have asperger syndrome without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with asperger syndrome often receive psychotherapy, mental health counseling, occupational therapy assessment, depression screen, electroencephalogram (eeg) and psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with asperger syndrome include methylphenidate, risperidone, clonidine, aripiprazole (abilify), adderall, atomoxetine (strattera), guanfacine (intuniv), melatonin, dexmethylphenidate (focalin), lisdexamfetamine (vyvanse), oxcarbazepine (trileptal), fluvoxamine (luvox) and amantadine .

Methylphenidate
$42
(28 days)
Risperidone
$107
(28 days)
Clonidine
$23
(28 days)
Aripiprazole (Abilify)
$497
(28 days)
Adderall

Atomoxetine (Strattera)
$189
(28 days)
Guanfacine (Intuniv)
$14
(28 days)
Melatonin
$5
(21 days)
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
$128
(28 days)
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
$137
(28 days)
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
$95
(28 days)
Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
$44
(28 days)
Amantadine
$28
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for asperger syndrome include sex == male age 5-14 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years and age < 1 years almost never get asperger syndrome.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
1.1x
5-14 years
7.2x
15-29 years
1.3x
30-44 years
0.1x
45-59 years
0.1x
60-74 years
0.1x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
2.0x
Female
0.3x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.3x
Hispanic
0.2x
White
1.5x
Other
0.3x
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