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Can obsession with spankings and with specific people indicate autism?

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Im worried about my daughter having aspergers a form of autism. She obsesses over spankings all day long. She also watches videos of people getting spanked all day long. When she is at school she rather fantasize about spankings then play with her peers. She also gets obsessed with certain people. Would this be a sign or symptom of aspergers?
Mon, 4 Jun 2018 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 18 minutes later
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Hello and welcome,

You didn't write the age of your daughter, but what you are describing sounds more like obsessive personality, possibly as a feature of OCD, but that would require much more history and an exam to know further.

Asperger's has more to do with not being able to interpret social cues and body language and emotion. Again, though, it depends on the person's age. Sometimes children with Asperger's syndrome will be very occupied with and talk extensively about a specific subject. But it would require other aspects of social unawareness to be considered.

In genereral, people on the autism spectrum avoid eye contact or physical contact, but not always. Everyone is an individual and so there are no hard and fast rules except for generally not having social awareness.

Often people have more than one problem - there can be overlap in both categories.

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It would be considered a feature of Asperger's obsession if she has many other features of Asperger's syndrome. Obsessiveness in itself is not diagnostic for Asperger's. There are other disorders (including OCD, schizophrenia, etc) where a person can have problems with obsessiveness.

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Follow-up: Can obsession with spankings and with specific people indicate autism? 48 minutes later
She is 12 years old but is that a symptom of aspergers because what i learned is that asperger people get obsessed with a certain subject. Would being obsessed with spanking be considered a aspergers obsession
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