11 Common Traits Of People Who Might Have Asperger Syndrome, According To Experts

Some people who are on the autism spectrum go through life without anyone noticing. They may seem a bit “strange,” or have some odd interests. For the most part, however, they blend right on in with the rest of the society. But there are also the people who display more traits of Asperger Syndrome, and these people — your friend, your coworker, your SO, your neighbor — tend to stand out a bit more.

“Typically, the defining factor in someone who has Asperger’s … is a lack of social skills,” says Nicole Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC, in an email to Bustle. “They…are brilliant, but just ‘aren’t people persons.'” To everyone else, this might look like they have a case of the awkwards, or a total lack of desire (or inability) to make eye contact.

And this is where Asperger’s often gets confused with autism. “Autism is a more debilitating disorder, with a far worse prognosis depending on severity of symptoms and intervention timing,” Dr. Michele Barton tells me via email. “Asperger’s is far less severe and has a much better prognosis. Individuals often go on to live acceptable mainstream lifestyles.”

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