September 18th, 2012


Sherlock, Himself and His Asperger's

If I had Sherlock as a patient in my medical finals...I wouldn't know whether to laugh or cry.

In this meta I explore whether Sherlock would be diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome from a purely medical perspective

  • I get out the diagnostic criteria and attempt a diagnosis,

  • Explore reasons why Sherlock might not be diagnosed with the condition on the NHS (I'm a UK medical student with some interest in psychiatry - I am by no means an expert).

  • And the difficulty of diagnosing an adult with Asperger's.

Please note this meta is from a medical perspective not a patient's perspective, which is why it sounds very clinical. The general opinions of the  medical profession are not my own. I am just stating them.

My conclusions are just my clinical judgement - this is not a serious scientific paper, nor an expression of my personal opinions and should not be taken serious at all.

If you want to read about the expert opinions on whether Sherlock has Asperger's Syndrome or Autism - I have interview three psychiatrists specialising in autistic spectrum disorders (Sherlock Does not Have Asperger's or Autism, Thanks, from 3 Psychiatrists)

Comment if you like it

If you just want to skip to the diagnosing part go to Sherlock finally snaps his brother’s umbrella…

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Other parts in the Series:

1. Sherlock is to Autism as Eeyore is to Depression

2. Mycroft on the Examination Couch