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South Med J. 2011 Apr;104(4):264-8. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31820c015d.

Asperger disorder in adults.

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  • 1Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Government Medical College Jammu, J&K, India.


Asperger disorder was first described in 1944 by the Austrian pediatrician, Hans Asperger. It was introduced as a separate diagnostic category from autistic disorder in DSM-IV and ICD-10. The pattern of comorbidity in Asperger disorder is different from autistic disorder, with a higher level of psychosis, violent behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. We present three cases of Asperger disorder diagnosed for the first time in adulthood, with psychosis being the predominant reason for the referral. In each case, the psychosis improved with antipsychotic treatment, although core autistic symptoms remained the same.

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