Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It falls under the Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although the term “Asperger’s syndrome” is no longer a separate entry in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V) , some people still use the term, which is generally thought to be at the mild end of autism spectrum disorder. What distinguishes Asperger’s Syndrome from Autism is the severity of the symptoms and the absence of language delays. To the untrained observer, a child with Asperger’s syndrome may just seem like a normal child behaving differently. Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome usually want to fit in and have interactions with others; they simply don’t know how to do it. They may be socially awkward, not understand conventional social rules, or may show a lack of empathy. They may have limited eye contact, seem to be unengaged in a conversation and not understand the use of gestures.
Clinical Information Related to Aspergers Syndrome and Medical Marijuana
- Evidence for a Common Endocannabinoid-Related Pathomechanism in Autism Spectrum Disorders