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Asperger's Syndrome: High-Functioning Autism to Lose Its Name - featured May 26, 2011

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[Source: ABC News/Good Morning America]

Eileen Parker was 41 years old when she discovered her quirky, misunderstood behavior had a name: Asperger's. The syndrome, which is marked by impaired social interaction and sensory overload, joins other neurological disorders on the autism spectrum. And for Parker, the label came as a relief.

"It opened up my world," said Parker, who is now 45. "Having been on the outside, I all of sudden found I was on the inside with millions of other people."

Parker said the Asperger's diagnosis, which is used interchangeably with high-functioning autism, made it easier for her to get along with others -- even her husband and their four kids.

"They could finally understand why I was a certain way. They said, 'Oh, that's why you're like that.'"

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