If you or a family member have recently realised you are experiencing symptoms similar to those experienced by people with Asperger’s syndrome, you may wish to seek a diagnosis.
Asperger’s syndrome is part of a group of neurological disorders known as autism spectrum disorders. Asperger’s is at the mild end of this spectrum.
A diagnosis can help people - who may have been subjected to bullying and criticism all their lives - to recognise that their behaviour, communication and relationship problems may be related to Asperger’s syndrome.
If you are diagnosed with Asperger's, you may find it validates what you’ve felt or the difficulties you’ve experienced. It can help you understand what you like and what you’re good at, and aid you in making suitable study and career choices.
A diagnosis will help you and others understand why you find some things difficult, confusing or exhausting. If you share the diagnosis with others, it may prompt compliments rather than complaints or criticisms in work and social situations.
You may also want to seek support from a support group or services. A number of organisations provide services for adults with Asperger’s syndrome and other autistic spectrum disorders. Find the autism spectrum disorder association in your state or territory here.
Last reviewed: November 2016