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What's the difference between being a sociopath and Asperger's syndrome?

I have heard a fair amount about Asperger's syndrome lately. How does it differ from being a sociopath?
Isn't the no feeling for others, no empathy a symptom of asperger's?

Sociopaths lack the ability to feel empathy, guilt, and remorse (for the knowledge of hurting others). They essentially have no conscience and their sense of right and wrong, though they have the ability to know what society considers right and wrong, and they usually have the ability to acknowledge that others have this odd sense of emotion that they are lacking. The often tend to be experts at socializing, but to a sociopath, another human is really no different from an interactive object.

A person with Aspgerger's Syndrome can feel empathy, guilt, and remorse. The person with Asperger's Syndrome just does not have an innate ability to catch on to the rules of socialization. They also tend to have trouble picking up on subtle social cues.

So people with Asperger's Syndrome basically have a non-verbal communication deficit while sociopaths have a lack of ability to feel. They are two different things.  (+ info)

Piriformis Syndrome and sciatic nerve treatment, any recommendations?

I have piriformis syndrome,diagnosed two weeks ago and it's not improving, the dr says give it time. Does anyone have tried and true remedies for relief? Any ideas welcomed.

Here is your alternative treatment answer. Almost all sciatica and piriformis are caused by inner stress/tension/anxiety and not because of a structural imbalance.
The treatment: pay attention to how you are creating inner stress with your thoughts and behaviors. For example: habitual worry and being overly self-conscious, having a controlling and perfectionist behavior, or holding in feelings like anger and resentment. All of these thought patterns and behaviors cause inner tension that our autonomic nervous system uses to activate a process called oxygen deprivation. Lack of oxygen and blood to muscle and nerve tissue causes pain symptoms that we feel and get diagnosed as sciatica, piriformis and back pain. So the key is to recognize when you are creating inner tension and then redirect out of the thoughts and behaviors that are the cause.
Hope this helps. I ended 3 years of piriformis with this treatment.

Monte Hueftle  (+ info)

What syndrome causes very slow aging process in children?

I saw some abc special about a girl with this syndrome. she was 15 years old, but her body was that of a 3-year old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lEjEXNhfqs  (+ info)

Is it normal to be afraid my baby will be born with down syndrome?

I am due in a few weeks and I am afraid my baby will be born with down syndrome, or something wrong with her. Is this intuition or is this just normal fears of expecting? Has anyone else experienced this?

Your concern is completely normal. When my wife was pregnant, she worried about just about every medical condition you can think of. The fact that she's a doctor only made it worse because she knew about all sorts of other medical conditions most people wouldn't have thought to worry about.

The good news in this case is that testing for down syndrome is actually standard. It's part of the triple screen test they usually do somewhere between week 15 and 20. If you saw your OB/GYN during that time the test was probably done. (Do you remember them drawing blood from you?) If the tests came back normal, then there's probably nothing to worry about. If you don't remember the test being done, you can probably call your doctor's office and ask if they did a triple screen test and what the results were.

Congratulations to you in advance - may your child be born healthy and happy.  (+ info)

What kind of financial support is availsble for an adult with treacher collins syndrome?

A member of my family has treacher collins syndrome and currently does'nt have enough money to pay the surgery that is needed.This family member has a mild case,the eyes are small slant down slightly,no hearing loss,the main thing is how he feels about himself,society can be crule and not very understanding.Currently he lives in chicago so if anyone has any info please please reply.Thanks so much.

I would try this site, looks to have some useful information

http://www.craniofacial.net/treacher_collins_syndrome.htm  (+ info)

How to fall pregnant with polycystic ovaries syndrome?

I am 21 and have had polycystic ovary syndrome for awhile now .
My partner and I want to try to have kids soon but it is hard to now when or if my body wants to ovulate please help?

While your condition does make conceiving difficult it isn't impossible. Your best bet would be to chart your cycles and your basal body temperature. From that you will be able to notice patterns and your most likely fertile days as well as if you are not ovulating at all. Taking an ovulation test around the time you are fertile can also be a good indicator of if and when you are ovulating.  (+ info)

How can a person with chronic fatigue syndrome get more energy?

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome about 2 years ago and I have found a way to cope without pain. My biggest problem now is the fatigue.

I would have 2 things checked.....your iron level and your thyroid. Both can cause severe fatigue.

Other ideas include eating fruit for natural sugar as apposed to sugary foods. 10 minutes, 2 times a day of exercise can also help. It doesn't have to be a lot and you can work up to doing more than that if you want to.

If you are not sleeping well at night, I would also ask your doctor about starting a low dose of Trazadone. It helped me greatly and I felt much better during the day.

The biggest thing that helped me was regular chiropractic adjustments. I have Fibromyalgia (although you'd never know it now), spinal stenosis, High Blood Pressure, hypothyroidism and IBS. I also get chronic migraines. Chiropractic has improved my life 100%. I see my chiropractor 1 time a week and I virtually have no symtoms! I have been seeing a chiropractor for 15 months now.

Hope all of this helps!  (+ info)

How many confirmed cases of Beckwith Wiedaman Syndrome have been reported?

Specifically in children, is there anyone, anywhere that can treat this syndrome?

check the mayo clinic web site ... click all of the information links ... there are 9 sections, I am not going to post them all since you can get to them all from the first one ...

if the doctor who diagnosed your child does not know any of this information, then find a doctor who is more current with conditions and treatments ...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wilms-tumor/DS00436/DSECTION=4  (+ info)

How do you know if you have compartment syndrome?

I had surgery on my bunion last July. I am 16 and am very into sports. I am woken in the night from what feels like cramping in the calf of my right leg (the foot that was operated on) and the pain continues for a few days afterwards. I get shin splints when i run, more so on my right leg. I have seen a podiatrist and he suggested Massage therapy or Acupuncture. If i had caompartment syndrome, would wither of these options help?

since you are so into sports, i woul;d go see a sports medicine doctor, i have had compartmnet syndrome twice,i'm 17 and it doesn't sound to me like you have it, but i really think you should go see a sports medicine doctor  (+ info)

What are the possibilities of having a down syndrome baby?

I am 19 years old and six months pregnant. I'm starting to worry about the possibility of having a down syndrome baby. I will still love my baby to death I just want to know possibilities of having one. Please serious answers only. Thank you.
Thank you everybody for answering that question for me. I know it's most common in elderly women. It doesn't run in my family and now that I think about it the doctor did tell me everything went fine when they examined the baby. No need to worry now. I'm happy thanks everyone.

Unless you have Down's syndrome in your family, at 19, there is an extremely low risk of having a downs baby. Have you had the blood screening done? Usually, doctor's will do that before 6 months, so you can find out if you even have a possibility of it.
Even those are not completely accurate. I was pregnant at 28, and had my blood test come back with a possibility for Down's. We went to get the level 2 ultrasound, and my baby was fine. No signs of Downs at all. We were not going to even consider an amniocentesis, because we were keeping her no matter what.  (+ info)

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