Did Mozart suffer from Asperger syndrome?

J Med Biogr. 2015 May;23(2):84-92. doi: 10.1177/0967772013503763. Epub 2013 Sep 27.


The most reliable biographies of Mozart highlight elements that are compatible with current diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome including qualitative impairment in social interaction and stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms. Furthermore, numerous features are documented including difficulty in communicating his emotional state and in inferring the mental state of his interlocutors, motor clumsiness, specific skills and genius, left-handedness, special sense of humour, physical developmental abnormalities, bizarre thinking, overvalued ideas and delusions.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Asperger Syndrome / history*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 18th Century
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations / history
  • Male
  • Mood Disorders / history
  • Music / history*
  • Tourette Syndrome / history

Personal name as subject

  • Wolfgang Mozart