What Are the Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome in Adult Men?

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Common signs of Asperger’s syndrome include trouble managing emotions, high cognitive ability and poor coordination, according to the website Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger’s syndrome. Those suffering from Asperger’s tend to lack social intuition and the ability to pick up on signals from others.

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that causes problems with communication, social disorders and repetitive or defined patterns of behavior, explains the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It’s difficult to recognize because, as of 2015, diagnostic testing is not yet standardized, causing many cases to be misdiagnosed.

Asperger’s syndrome has a different effect on each individual, according to FAAAS. It’s common for a person with Asperger’s syndrome to lack empathy, struggle to form friendships and hold conversation, strive for perfection and be poor judges of character. Many try to compensate for what they lack in emotional intuition by overdemonstrating or depending on their intellect.

Adult men with Asperger’s syndrome tend to fall into traditional marital roles, preferring to be the dominant partner in the union, explains FAAAS. It’s common for an adult with Asperger’s syndrome to choose a spouse that is characterized as a compassionate, flexible caregiver in order to support his condition and balance his traits. Although the condition creates a challenge in relationships with others, many adult patients learn to hide or cope with the condition. Many lead a normal life and maintain a marriage and steady job.