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Syndrome and Disorder

January 6, 2008

Basically, the term “syndrome” is a euphemism for a “disorder”:

Disorder: An ailment that affects the function of mind or body: eating disorders and substance abuse.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

Syndrome: A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, psychological disorder, or other abnormal condition.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition

I personally do not use either term. I call it Asperger’s autism.

In any event, I think we should each call ourselves what we want, i.e., not what the establishment may call us.

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