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Asperger Syndrome : a renewed interest

Is this related to violent behavior?


This is the latest question sweeping the minds of the people across the US and outside the US.

December 14, 2012 has become a dark day in US history. On this day 20 innocent children and 6 elementary school teachers were killed by a 20 year old gun man. Reports suggests that the gun man might have been suffering from Asperger syndrome. This has raised renewed interest on Asperger syndrome and its relation to violence. Is Asperger syndrome linked to violence as published in research papers or it is not as reported in news media?

The National Institute of Mental Health’s Epidemiologic Catchment Area study, which followed nearly 18,000 people, found that “the lifetime prevalence of violence among people with serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder was 16 percent compared to 7 percent among people without any mental disorder.” The National Institute of Mental Health’s E.C.A. study on the other hand says “people with no mental disorder who abused alcohol or drugs were nearly 7 times likely to commit violent acts compared to non-abusers.”

So what is Asperger syndrome? What is experts opinion on this topic? Watch the videos to learn more on this topic.

Watch the informational Video#1: What is Asperger Syndrome?

Watch the Video#2: Asperger Syndrome and Violence

Staggering Autism numbers in US ...


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates that 1 in 88 U.S. children are on the autism spectrum. For boys the number is even higher with 1 in 54 affected. As the numbers climb, autism remains a frustrating mystery for families, clinicians, and researchers.

Is there an issue in the way Autism is defined and diagnosed? American Psychiatric Association thinks so. It believes a new diagnosis criteria will change the way the disorder is defined.

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