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Can Aspergers be inherited?

"Can Aspergers be inherited? Our son was recently diagnosed, and now I am wondering if my husband has it too ...their behaviors are very similar."

Aspergers (high functioning autism) is a neurobiological disorder in which known areas of the brain are affected in ways scientists do not yet understand. Aspergers is considered to be inherited in a complex fashion—more complicated than disorders like color-blindness or Huntington’s disease. The recurrence rate for the disorder in siblings of affected children is approximately 2% to 8%, much higher than the rate in the general population, but much lower than in single-gene diseases.

Researchers are getting closer to finding a genetic basis behind autism spectrum disorders. Rett’s syndrome is an autistic disorder for which the exact genetic cause is believed to have been found. In Aspergers, studies suggest problems in several chromosomal (genetic) regions, including areas on the chromosomes 2q, 7q and 15q. While the 7q region is considered the most promising area of study, research studies involving this chromosome in Aspergers have failed to observe its linkage to this region.

For reasons doctors do not know, there are far more boys "diagnosed" than girls (although there may be as many girls with Aspergers as boys, males get diagnosed with the disorder more often). Scientists have evaluated whether or not Aspergers represents an X-linked genetic disorder—one passed down generally from a mother to a son. Unfortunately, there have been cases of father to son transmission of the condition, which means that the disease cannot be X-linked.

In at least one case, two parents with Aspergers had a child that also had Aspergers, but did not have a severe case of the disorder, nor did the child have autism. In another case, identical twins both had Aspergers, but this is not always the case.

While some scientists support the idea that at least a portion of Aspergers isn’t genetic at all, there have been no specific findings associating the syndrome with any environmental condition, including a lack of association of the disease with pregnancy characteristics and pregnancy complications.

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is what the doctor's say.

Anonymous said...

my husband was only diagnosed after our daughter,its so common,our psychologist told us,we now think his brother and sister on spectrum too,all so alike,it answers so many questions,we have now access ed aspergers marriage councelling through RELATE U/K,,its helped to understand so much,our psychologist thinks it goes back at least 5 generations from family history,and we agree,

Anonymous said...

After life with my husband and step-son, nothing could convince me otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Autism can be seen in a hereditary breast cancer syndrome called Cowden Syndrome. Cowdens syndrome is very rare.

Anonymous said...

Husband diagnosed after son, I think we might all have a little. I know I have sensory processing issues. I am not diagnosed with anything.

Anonymous said...

I think my husband is in the spectrum. Had a lightbulb moment after my son was diagnosed. He thinks otherwise, but I am convinced....

Anonymous said...

I think my hubby and father-in-law are both on the spectrum but they won't agree. I think that is why my son and hubby argue so much also

Anonymous said...

my son is an high functioning autistic boy,my husband and myself were diagnosed with Aspergers ^^ so we are an autistic family ^^

Anonymous said...

My son was diagnosed first at age 7. Now we belive my husband has it, too, he's 41. They also argue so much it's like having 2 kids sometimes. Neither will back down when they think they're right.

Anonymous said...

It's the old Nature/urture argument again. Add that to the fact that psychiatry is a grand guessing game anyway and you really can see that all these labels are just that - names that help us deal with situations and perhaps get some resources badly needed. But even the so-called experts don't know what they're talking about, as in this article:
"In at least one case, two parents with Aspergers had a child that also had Aspergers but did not have a severe case of the disorder, nor did the child have autism."
Excuse me? He had Aspergers, which is officially on the Autism Spectrum, but he didn't have Autism...? Huh?? *shakes head*
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man with no name... said...

I was diagosed 3 years ago. But i didnt unerstand how much it had been affecting me until after i got married.
Im finding i now have to relearn everything i ever thaught about myself and my emotions to understand where im going wrong in all my rellationships.
I dont know where it will all lead but i do bellieve i have asbergers.
Its not just a label to me.
Its important that we do understand what illneses we have and if naming a disorder asbergers and devoting a field of medicine to unerstanding it helps people like me then i accept the conciquences of being labled with asbergers.
My approch to this whole thing is to educate myself and others on the reallity of asbergers.
Allso i am trying to understand how "normal people think and rellate to each other.
If im going to improve my own rellationships i have to change my ways.
This is not imposible.
We all have the ability to understand more, learn new ways of behaving, then changing there ways.
Im getting the feeling that it wont be easy but i love my wife and i miss my friends.
iv lost so much in life since i was a kid because of the fact that i miss understood people and they miss understood me.
We are allso seeking marrage counselling with relate and i feel me and my wife are coping better allready.
I hope i figure this stuff out so we can have a fantastic life together.
And thats why its so important to me that i make this work.

Sorry if i went on a bit.
This is my 1st post to somthing like this. Im still not sure what to say.

tilly6932 said...

I am a 45 year old woman who has just found out that i have Aspergers and i was always called a weird little girl i have always had social phobia's, but going back a couple of years ago my nephew was the same as i was and i begged my sister to get him to see someone as i was scared he would not get a education as i didn't because i didn't but thankfully my sister did as i asked and he got a school place and was helped but his mum and dad do not have aspergers just me and my nephew so i guess it can be inherited from aunts and uncles

Steve Gray said...

My son has been diagnosed and it would explain alot in my life and the way was

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers and HFA can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Living with an Aspergers Spouse/Partner

Research reveals that the divorce rate for people with Aspergers is around 80%. Why so high!? The answer may be found in how the symptoms of Aspergers affect intimate relationships. People with Aspergers often find it difficult to understand others and express themselves. They may seem to lose interest in people over time, appear aloof, and are often mistaken as self-centered, vain individuals.

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Online Parent Coaching for Parents of Asperger's Children

If you’re the parent of a child with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism, you know it can be a struggle from time to time. Your child may be experiencing: obsessive routines; problems coping in social situations; intense tantrums and meltdowns; over-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells and sights; preoccupation with one subject of interest; and being overwhelmed by even the smallest of changes.

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Parents, teachers, and the general public have a lot of misconceptions of Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism. Many myths abound, and the lack of knowledge is both disturbing and harmful to kids and teens who struggle with the disorder.

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