Future For Patients with Asperger’s Syndrome

What Will the Future Hold for Patients with Asperger’s Syndrome?

Although the early diagnosis often gives parents and caregivers a distinct advantage when seeking to begin treatment and adaptive modifications that make life in a society of individuals unaffected with the disease more possible, the long term outlook is not entirely understood.

Considering that attention paid to Asperger’s Syndrome in the United States did not come about until just a few short decades ago, long term case studies are virtually non-existent.

Conversely, for those adults who are extrapolated to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a complete and accurate case history is not usually available. There are, however, some theories that Dr. Asperger himself championed:

* Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome will not lose the symptoms of the disorders. They may be camouflaged through ageing and adaptive measures, but they are not lost.
* Employment and normal functioning in society is a distinct possibility, although not each and every job will be a good fit.
* There is a good chance that a person suffering with this disorder will be able to put to good use their special talent or skill that is amplified by Asperger’s Syndrome. This may come in handy in fields of mathematics and other sciences.
* There is a not completely understood causation when it comes to mental illness and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Behavioural scientists and physicians are uncertain if the presence of one causes the other or vice versa. In some cases there may be a direct relationship between the inability to function in everyday society and the accurately perceived inability to live up to standards considered normal by peers.

In extreme situations this had led to clinical appointments and forced commitments due to threats of suicides.

Even advocacy attempts are sharply divided when it comes to gauging the overall outcome for adults with the ailment.

Those who are determined to put a good spin on their advocacy will point to famous award winners and show that all can be overcome, while those with a vested stake in securing a more negative outcome will point to those committed for attempting suicide or living in relative isolation.

There is sadly no distinct outcome and at this point there is a lack of studies that permits for adequate generalization.

At this point parents and caregivers are urged not to look for long-term studies in an attempt to predict what the future may hold for children or adolescents, but instead to focus with single minded intent on adaptive measures that will help the individuals affected with Asperger’s Syndrome to master the here and now.

Although this flies in the face of many other advocacy movements, when it comes to those conditions related to the autism spectrum, the here and now quite frequently is as good as it will get.

If you believe that your child or adolescent is affected with this condition, it is crucial to have a diagnosis made as soon as possible, so that modifications in the surroundings and also education and vocational setup may be made quickly for best results.


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