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What is the difference between Asperger's and HFA?

Are they essentially the same? If not, specifically what differentiates the diagnosis?

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  • happy
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    1 decade ago
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    Asperger syndrome is a recognised diagnosis. High functioning autism is an umbrella term to describe a range of symptoms that could or couldn't be Asperger syndrome. HFA is usually used by psychologists when they are unsure or do not have enough understanding of autistic spectrum disorders to properly diagnose.

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  • 1 decade ago

    HFA tends to be more serious. People with Asperger's are expected to make things on their own and aren't offered as much help because they have a better chance in life. When you have Asperger's it is possible to learn things to make life just as easy for you as those who are Neurotypical.

    People with Asperger's can learn things from what others do, and therefore can have such things like body language and eye contact and social acceptable things explained or showed to them.

    HFA sufferers tend to find it more difficult to do this. And doctor's don't expect them to be able to lead a normal life. Which HFA sufferers are offered loads of help, people with Asperger's aren't offered as much, they get free laptops and stuff for uni, but that's about it. Then they end up going crazy because they hadn't arranged anything at Uni (or people hadn't arranged it for them) and they scare their girlfriend into believe that she has no hope in life because he was the perfect person and she is so confused because she cut off her feeligns so it wouldn't hurt so much.

    THEN the person with Asperger's gets lots of help! :D

    And the Neurotypical girl is ignored...as per usual.

    I think I'd like to go jump in front of a bus now...

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