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Asperger’s Syndrome and Personality Disorders

December 6, 2007

This is from the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for schizoid personality disorder:

“Does not occur exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia, a Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features, another Psychotic Disorder, or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.”

This is from the diagnostic criteria for schizotypal personality disorder:

“Does not occur exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia, a Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features, another Psychotic Disorder, or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.”

Given some (at least superficial) similarities between schizoid and schizotypal personality disorders and AS, it is interesting that having an autism spectrum disorder would appear to negate being diagnosed with either of these two personality disorders.

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