All my life I've been told I've had PDD-NOS, but according to a teacher and this one student of the month poster which stated I had it it(which I requested to be removed immediately), I have Aspergers too.
"The empathy imbalance hypothesis (EIH) of autism, in keeping with the theory of mind hypothesis (Baron-Cohen, 1995), proposes that autism involves a significant cognitive empathy (CE) deficit. However, the hypothesis also proposes, in contrast to prevailing theory, that people with autism actually have a heightened capacity for basic emotional empathy (EE)."The big thing about aspergers sufferers is their lack of empathy and being unable to pick up on emotions. I have empathy and I do pick up on emotions.
It's technically not possible to have both if you adhere rigidly to the DSM, but some are diagnosed with both or have their diagnosis altered at some stage. Many doctors don't go by the book with diagnosis and base diagnosis on practical concerns such as which label might draw less stigma or gain more access to services. They also make mistakes. Sometimes it's not even your doctor who changes your label. That teacher you mention might just have used Asperger's unofficially, out of convenience, since it's a less cumbersome and mysterious term than Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.Thanks.
But another thing. This all feels so weird for me now because one, I'm just finding out, and two only about half the symptoms of aspergers seem to fit me. http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms. The big thing about aspergers sufferers is their lack of empathy and being unable to pick up on emotions. I have empathy and I do pick up on emotions.
That was very useful information.People with aspergers can be very empathetic. It's dangerous to make the assumption that they arenot because it puts autistic people in the same class as sociopaths which couldn't be farther from the truth! An autistic person may hurt someone's feelings without realizing it, but once they realize that they hurt the other person's feelings, they will be apologetic and feel bad about it. Autistic people feel empathy... they just don't have the skills to read other people emotionally, and of course, it's on a spectrum.
Don't worry about the label. Even most psychologists don't really care about labels. If you feel that you don't have a hard time reading people or relating to people emotionally then you most likely do not have aspergers.