[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
I'm a 46-year-old woman who has always had trouble making friends. I was overprotected quite a bit as a child, and was an only child. I was also socially inept. I became convinced that no one liked me. For the last 2 years I have been obsessed with Asperger's Syndrome, feeling that I have it. I've been to 5 psychiatrists/psychologists about it , but none of them feel I have it--they say I have social phobia instead, and avoidant personality disorder. I do avoid most social situations now due to fear.
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