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Question: Aspergers syndrome

 lilysuzanne - Sun Oct 23, 2005 2:15 am

My nephew has been diagnosed with AS. I am confused by the PDD diagnosis' . I have read they are not mental illness, mental retardations or brain disease. It is neurobiological . What would nerves and organism synrome be classified as.? I am missing the jist of it. Also, do you think it is the same as autism. .Some do, some don't some say it is a behavioral developmental order.
 Michele P, RN - Mon Oct 24, 2005 8:19 am

Hi Lilysuzanne,

Sorry to hear you are going through this. I will give you here what Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, (known as Asperger's Disorder or Autistic Psychopathy), & Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) are here:

Asperger's, Autistic Psychopathy & Pervasive Developmental Disorder are characterized by severe impairment in social interaction, repetitive patterns of behavior, & interests.

Autistic children have delays in language or self help skills, which differ from what is listed above.

AD, AP & PDD are more common in boys & onset is later than what is seen in Autism, or at least picked up on later, around ages 6-10. Since AD is not easily recognizable, it sometimes gets confusd with other neurological disorders such as Tourette's Syndrome, autism, Attention Deficit (&hyperactivity) disorders (ADD & ADHD), or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

There are criteria that need to be met in order to "classify" a person w/a disorder. I have all this in a book at home, but was able to locate it on a website. I compared the 2 & they are reading the same but this being in simpler terms. If you read through to the bottom, it will show you the criteria for PDD diagnosing vs Autism.

I hope between that site & what I have given you that answers your question. Best of luck :)
 lilysuzanne - Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:42 am

Thank you MissNurseM,

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