Asperger's syndrome

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What is Asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. It is often associated with marked clumsiness.

Common symptoms reported by people with Asperger's syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Asperger's syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Asperger's syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Insomnia (3)

Data from patients with Asperger's syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Asperger's syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Cognitive confusion 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dizziness 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Heart palpitations
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido)
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Mood changes 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (2) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (3) Asperger's syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Tiredness increased
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Insomnia (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Asperger's syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Asperger's syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 59
20s 111
30s 104
40s 113
50s 82
60s 29
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 252
20-29 years 11
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

62% Female
38% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 272
Not Diagnosed 93

These charts show data from Asperger's syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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