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Kevin asked in HealthMental Health · 5 years ago

What are the similarities and differences between aspergers and schizophrenia?

And was anyone been misdiagnosed with 1or the other

4 Answers

  • 5 years ago
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    What I have read is that in a certain psychological test it is indeed hard to differentiate between people with schizophrenia and Aspergers (which I have myself). And ONLY when the tested person with Schizophrenia shows mostly problems in social areas. It won't really happen that someone with schizophrenia will be misdiagnosed as an Asperger or the other way around. Someone can have both, they don't exclude each other.

    Aspergers and Borderline and Bipolar Disorder have always been more difficult to differentiate between. There are a lot of stories of people who were misdiagnosed with Borderline or Bipolar and not getting the right treatment and diagnosis for their Aspergers, same goes for ADHD/ ADD. Men will often get diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder, when in fact they have borderline personality disorder. This has to do with a gender bias: both ADHD/ Aspergers and anti-social personality disorder are thought of being mostly 'male' dysfunctions. While Borderline personality disorder, social anxiety and bipolar disorder are easier attributed to women. This might also be an explanation for the 'adhd/ aspergers epidemic': psychologists/ psychiatrists are slowly seeing that gender doesn't make you immune to a disorder, it just plays out differently in males/ females and they are starting to see and understand that.

  • 5 years ago

    Paranoid schizophrenia, the most common kind of schizophrenia, often includes hallucinations,delusions, and unexpected violence. None of those are common with aspergers. I would say only a layman would misdiagnose one as the other. ,

  • DeAnne
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    5 years ago

    Read the book: Healing and Preventing Autism by Dr. Kartzinel.

  • 5 years ago


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