First documented in 1944, Asperger's is a high-functioning form of Autism. Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome can be quite gifted, but are often socially awkward and unable to make friends. They may be physically clumsy and have limited eye contact, alongside repetitive behaviors and interests in unusual topics.
This project was started keeping in mind the recent controversial revisions to the DSM, the diagnostic encyclopedia of American psychiatry. In the 2013 edition, the term Asperger's has been discarded, replaced with the broader diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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