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What are the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome in adults?

Chantal Sicile-Kira
Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Specialist

Adults and young adults with Asperger's Syndrome may have trouble making or keeping friends, but they may not know why. Parties may make people with Asperger's uncomfortable; they may be unsure of what to wear or how to start conversations. People with Asperger's may not like shaking hands or other physical contact. They may have trouble focusing on others while simultaneously looking at them. They may have trouble in romantic situations. Often, adults with Asperger's are extremely interested in one particular topic. It can be hard for a person with Asperger's Syndrome to get or keep a job because she may have trouble selling herself or keeping up with office politics.

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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