Asperger Syndrome

Genetic neurological disorder


There is a strong genetic component, but the specific etiology is unknown.


social impairment, repetitive behavior, atypical speech patterns, decreased response to stimuli, restricted interests.



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Asperger Syndrome is a brain developmental disorder that appears in childhood and continues without remission. Because Asperger Syndrome is classified as a form of autism, it has many of the same symptoms.


A pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger 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 behavior, activities and interests, and by no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or general delay in language. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody, and physical clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.


There is no cure for Asperger syndrome, but there are supportive therapy options available, most of which focus on lessening associated deficits and family distress. Many children with AS participate in special education and behavioral therapy programs to improve functioning and decrease symptom severity.


House was once suspected of having Asperger syndrome. Wilson assumed that his antisocial personality, and his refusal to go back to his office until his old, blood stained carpet was put back, even when new carpet that was exactly the same type was used, were symptoms. He also believed his emotional connection to an autistic boy were proof of it. Cuddy then tells Wilson that House doesn't have Asperger syndrome, he's just a jerk.

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