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The Big Bang Theory TV Show's Sheldon Cooper

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Fans have questioned whether or not the character of Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper (Jim Parsons) from the "Big Bang Theory" has Asperger Syndrome. The question has been raised due to certain traits the character seems to exhibit.

When asked about the similarities, Bill Prady, co-creator for the show responded that the writers just write the character as he is and that his actions are just considered to be "Sheldony". Prady explained that viewers see the similarities between Sheldon and those that have Asperger Syndrome and draw their own conclusions. Prady also added that Sheldon's mother never got a diagnosis, so there just isn't one on the show.

According to Jim Parsons, he doesn't think Sheldon could demonstrate any more traits of Asperger's Syndrome. Parsons read the book "Look Me in the Eye", by John Elder Robison and noted the similarities between a real Asperger's sufferer and Sheldon. He said there was a great amount of what he read in the book that touched on aspects of Sheldon's unique personality. Parsons added that the way Sheldon's brain operates, focusing solely on the topic at hand, it is easy to think he is autistic because of the way his brain remains focused without deviation.

Asperger's Syndrome is a highly functional form of autism. The similarities between Sheldon and someone with Asperger's include hyper-focusing, rigid rituals or routines and social awkwardness. Other symptoms that Sheldong doesn't display are speaking in monotone and abnormal eye contact.

According to loyal fans, it doesn't matter whether Sheldon has Asperger's Syndrome or not. They want the Sheldon they have grown to know and love over the last six seasons and will remain loyal to their favorite character, even if he is diagnosed at some later point in time. For them, Sheldon will continue to be "Sheldony".

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