Asperger's Officially Placed Inside Autism Spectrum : NPR
Which of course righteously pisses off people with Asperger's Syndrome. And I have to say, I see their point. Asperger's may be a form of autism-light, but erasing the current definition of Asperger's and dumping all of the people who have that condition into the big autistic pool doesn't seem to serve any medical purpose. Until you consider the fact that several states provide help to parents of autistic kids, while none provide help to the parents of Aspie kids.
Is this redefinition just a way to game the system?
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Asperger's syndrome is really just a form of autism and does not merit a separate diagnosis, according to a panel of researchers assembled by the American Psychiatric Association.
Even though many researchers already refer to Asperger's as high-functioning autism, it hasn't been listed under the autism category in the official diagnostic guide of mental disorders, called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM. The DSM serves as a guide for mental health professionals and government agencies.
But a new draft fifth edition released Wednesday moves Asperger's officially into the autism category, provoking a wide range of responses among people with Asperger's — some of whom say they do not want to be labeled as autistic.
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Many people with Asperger's take pride in a diagnosis that probably describes some major historical figures, including Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison, Carley says. Under the new system, those people would represent just one extreme of a spectrum. On the other extreme is "somebody who might have to wear adult diapers and maybe a head-restraining device. This is very hard for us to swallow," he says.