Quizzes for Easy "Self-Diagnosis"
Short of seeing a psychiatric doctor, there's no easy way to be sure. There are however, a some quizzes which have popped up on the internet. These are based on the DSM IV criteria and I've found them to be pretty accurate. Personally, I feel that the RDOS quiz is the best one. You can read my results in these quizzes here.
Finally, if you do have Aspergers or if you have some involvement with someone who has aspergers, then here's a list of good places to visit online.
The Diagnostic Criteria
The term Asperger's Syndrome disappeared from the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders (DSM) V. I've included the DSM V definitions as they were the last to separate Autism and Asperger's syndrome;
Things that don't make Sense
One of the things that the criteria is pretty specific about is that a person can't have both Asperger's Syndrome and Schizophrenia. I've seen some very obvious cases which I believe make this untrue. I think that it's very difficult to diagnose a person with Asperger's when they have Schizophrenia but it's not impossible for them to co-exist.
Co-Conditions and Comorbids
Autism is very rarely a "lone traveller", it quite often comes with one or more other conditions. Co-morbid conditions are other conditions which are strongly related to the first one. Many people use the words co-condition and co-morbid condition interchangably but co-conditions aren't necessarily as related to the primary condition. The just happen to exist together. These days I usually use co-condition because you can't be sure how linked these conditions are.
On the plus side, conditions which co-exist with autism are often less problematic than they would be if they existed purely on their own. For example, OCD under autism is often less "strict" than OCD by itself. Of course, that's not always the case.
I talk a bit about co-conditions on my blog. Some of the most common co-conditions include;
- ADHD Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
- Learning Difficulties and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
- OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- SPD Sensory Processing Disorder
- Tourette's syndrome