Section 1 means the person pretty much uses no type of the listed body languages because of the various types of brain dysfunctions that are associated with Aspergers. My diagnosis includes the "marked impairments in the use of .... eye-to-eye gaze .... body postures ... and gestures to regulate social interaction."A. Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:
1. marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
2. failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
3. a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
4. lack of social or emotional reciprocity
Normal interests and hobbies don't count. If you talk about it at every chance, think about it all day long, and are so engrossed in it that it causes trouble in your day to day life then it might fit this criteria. Looking at my post history you might guess that mental disorders and psychotropic medications are one of my restricted interests. This also extends to my day to day life in a way that I talk to people at work about who might have narcissistic personality disorder, who might have anti-social personality disorder, etc. Reading about psychopathology, psychology, and psychotropic medications is all I do when I'm not working, in class, or seeing my girlfriend on our very specific schedule. It causes problems with my education because I only do what I must to pass class, but beyond that I can't say this causes me any discomfort.B. Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
1. encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
These must be very rigid, to the point that that a psychiatrist or psychologist would consider Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder for you. Under the ICD-10 a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger's rules OCPD out, but the DSM makes no mention of this. The core idea of OCPD is a pattern of preoccupation with control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.2. apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
If you did this it would have been noticed by now and you would have been diagnosed with Asperger's or PDD-NOS if you are too old to have been diagnosed with Asperger's, as it was only added to the DSM 11 years ago.3. stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
This is more typical of Autism than it is Asperger's. An example would be a person fascinated with spinning wheels on toy cars and doing it pretty much all day long. From what I've read on Asperger's, it doesn't happen often because the interests associated with Asperger's are more intellectual while in Autism they are more simple like this selection.4. persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
This means it's not a disorder to be tossed around as a temporary state. Asperger's is a developmental disorder, and thus is a lifelong problem that must show signs by age 3-4.C. The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning
This rules out Autism as a diagnosis.D. There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)
Rules out Autism again.E. There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood
Just to make sure that nothing else fits better since Schizophrenia and various Autistic Spectrum Disorders overlap by a large amount, but the core difference is a Schizophrenic will not have the issues from age 3-4.F. Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia
Having all of the symptoms would be very, very, very rare and in fact the very basis of the DSM having criteria that requires 5 of 9 (or what ever, you get the point) is that not all symptoms are present in every disorder. Each symptom is linked to specific types of brain dysfunction so it would look very suspicious indeed if you went to your doctor claiming to meet all the criteria for Asperger's syndrome because a person with such dysfunction wouldn't be capable of researching such a topic, coming into the office alone, and most importantly they would not have the neurological capability to bring it to him (social interaction, selection 3).Jess said:I am still quite confused with this whole thing, but I do appreciate your description. From what I have learned, most of it seems like me, but some of it doesn't apply to me as much. Do I need to have all of the symptoms?
Most verbal skills are processed in the left side of your brain.Jess said:Ok at this point I am thouroughly confused...so are you saying that is I have aspergers then my right brain is essentially mentally retarded? As in my verbal skills, creative, writing etc??? Because if anything it is that side that is working very well and the other (logical, numbers) side that is retarded haha...i am confused!