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This is what you have to know about Asperger's autism

People who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome often seem aloof to other people. The autistic developmental disorder is accompanied, among other things, with limited empathy. The poorly developed social competence is perceived by many as a problem. At the same time, people with Asperger's are considered special because they often pursue intensive special interests or have a very independent, undisguised view of reality.

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A common misconception, however, is that people with Asperger's Syndrome are less or more intelligent than the average population. Their language development is also usually completely normal. Researchers assume various factors as the basis for the development of Asperger's autism ‘. These include genetic factors (often another family member shows similar symptoms), the parents' old age when giving birth to a child, infections during pregnancy (e.g. rubella), maternal diabetes, very early birth and the use of medication during pregnancy Pregnancy. Neurological and biochemical characteristics can also play a role.

How is Asperger's Diagnosed?

As a rule, diagnoses are only possible in partially advanced childhood. Above all, the conspicuous behavior of the little ones is observed and evaluated. Play and narrative behavior, facial expressions, language, eye contact and motor skills are examined.

Many exceptionally creative people are said to have autistic disorders, including Andy Warhol, Glenn Gould, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In fact, very few contemporary musicians, actors, painters, or writers are known to have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Some have spoken about it publicly, others only have rumors.

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However, there are also good reasons to remain silent: When public figures say that they suffer from Asperger's autism, as happened recently with climate activist Greta Thunberg, then their actions are often only associated with this “disease”, which is perceived as a social disorder . This is another reason why Asperger's Syndrome, which is less noticeable compared to other forms of autism and is often (but not always) associated with fewer everyday problems for those affected, is a challenge for all parties.

ROLLING STONE has listed some famous people who (allegedly) have Asperger's Syndrome.

David Byrne

David Byrne has never been diagnosed with Asperger's but has spoken in the past of some symptoms that would resemble autistic disorder in interviews.

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James Taylor

James Taylor has been said to have Asperger's Autism for years. In fact, there is no official confirmation from him.

Courtney Love

Courtney Love, widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of nine. Even if she rarely speaks about it in interviews, she has indicated in the past that this has led to a very violent form of introversion in her.

Bill Gates

The co-founder of Microsoft and for a long time the richest people in the world is said to suffer from Asperger's Syndrome. Employees often spoke of strange social behavior and sudden swearing during meetings. But there is no official confirmation.

Daryl Hannah

Neil Young's partner was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was a child. She says she suffers from a mild form of autistic disorder and has been talking about it in interviews for years.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton has often indicated in conversations that he has a very stubborn view of the world, which could possibly have led to his own film cosmos, which runs according to its own rules. Although he is not known to have been diagnosed with Asperger's, his ex-wife Helena Bonham Carter said he was "autistic".

Woody Allen

While there is no confirmation of this, many former actors and set staff have suggested that Woody Allen often displays strange social behaviors while filming, and acts similarly to Asperger's people. Employees were reportedly fired overnight if something was wrong with everyone. The special view of the world that is common for people with this autistic disorder will definitely apply to anyone who says of themselves to be very introverted.

Bob Dylan

Even with Bob Dylan, there is no confirmation of a specific Asperger's diagnosis. The Nobel Prize laureate doesn't talk about such things in interviews either. Some peculiar social behavior (Dylan has problems with the audience clapping, cannot stand cell phones at his concerts, plays set lists according to his own criteria without interest in the needs of the audience; songs also sound live the way he would like them to be) interpreted point out. In addition, Dylan spoke several times of a special view of the world that manifested itself in him in early childhood.

Gary Numan

The "Cars" singer and pioneer of synth-pop suffers from a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome and spoke about it several times in interviews. Numan also indicated the positive aspects of Asperger. He largely keeps private matters out of the public eye.

Craig Nicholls

The front man of the Vines became conspicuous several times at the band's concerts because he asked the audience to be silent and insulted them if they did not comply. After Nicholls hit a photographer, it was later found at the court hearing that the Australian musician had Asperger's Syndrome. Nicholls had to pay pain and suffering for his act, but the complaint was dropped.

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