Asperger's syndrome can be difficult for some individuals to manage. Some people are comfortable and quite adept at managing in a world that doesn't understand the syndrome, other find themselves at an extreme disadvantage. They find it difficult to cope with the demands of a world that doesn't understand how they mentally function. Learn how to treat adult Asperger's symptoms and cope with this autism-like condition.
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Begin by determining whether the Asperger's symptoms are something that need to be corrected or relieved. Many adults with Asperger's find that they function quite happily in the world and do not need any psychological or medical intervention. Other adults find their symptoms to be debilitating and compromising their quality of life.
Obtain a physician who can help you make a decision as to what method of intervention would be best for your specific symptoms. Along with your doctor or psychiatrist identify your symptoms and rate the severity of them; you may take an Asperger's severity test to help determine this need.
Make an appointment with a psychotherapist or behavioral psychologist. This specialist can help you manage the cognitive social skills that often are undeveloped with Asperger's. Find someone who respects and understands the syndrome. You need to feel comfortable discussing the symptoms and their impairment on your relational or social life.
Determine if you need to treat any other co-occurring symptoms like hyperactivity, impulsivity, or aggression which are often best treated with medical intervention. Try a mood stabilizer for emotional impairment or depression, which may be best in counteracting the social anxiety and inhibition or lack there of.
Learn about standard social and emotional interactions; this study can be especially helpful in developing a cognitive understanding of standard practices. Maintain a friendship or relationship with another adult who does not have Asperger's to help you to adjust to the social and emotional cues.
Tips and warnings
- Take refuge in the fact that many individuals with Asperger's have high IQs and can find creative and satisfying ways to contribute to the world.
- When treating Asperger's at the adult stage, it's beneficial to gain a cognitive therapeutic approach to dealing with symptoms.
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