Autism in general has been enjoying a bit of a fad. Part of this has to do with recent advances in the medicine, part of it is the apocalyptic fervor of conservatives who want to find something to blame the "decline" of the good white person, part of it is our general fears of adapting to the postmodern world. What used to be called awkward is often now called Aspergers, so I think it is overdiagnosed.
If you read the criteria of problems so called aspergers suffer, everyone suffers them. Everyone has miscommunications. Everyone has superficial friendships with others. Everyone has incorrectly assumed intentions of others (because we're ALL individuals who are going to have different readings of others because we use our own experiences to gauge people), and everyone has emotionally charged meltdowns.
Give these tests to a room full of 30 random students, I bet more than half will 'be aspergers'.
In fact, I recall a certain test of students to describe their interpersonal relationships with others in the classroom.
In these tests, they found that students ROUTINELY misperceived their interactions with others. Some people believed they were a lot closer in relationships to A's, and were not as close to B's, while A's and B's had the opposite opinion.
These things can only arise because of miscommunications and not understanding others' intentions.
When employers told their staff to be much more friendly and open, males increasingly thought that the female staff were 'hitting on' them.
Everyone has aspergers/no one does. Its all lies. What is real is personality disorders, which can look just like autism spectrum.
Consider the angry, unmanagable person. Are they ASD, or are they just antisocial jerks?
If any medical professional is diagnosing Asperger Syndrome in 2014, then you have a serious problem with a poorly trained doctor. The DSM-5 (a manual used by doctors for diagnoses) eliminated AS as a separate diagnosis in 2013, and folded it into the umbrella of autism spectrum disorders. So in reality, any diagnosis of Aspergers is overdiagnosed now.
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I think that we are still learning about Autism and offshoots of it like Aspergers but we doctors in general have a certain number of symptoms and factors to look for in a child before diagnosing them as having Aspergers, I believe that overall we are diagnosing it correctly and will only improve the accuracy in time.
One of the main reasons that Asperger syndrome is diagnosed more often now is because there is more awareness of the condition. It is not that cases of the syndrome have risen per se, they are just not being missed so often by those in the medical and psychiatric fields.