New Medical Handbook Redefines Asperger’s

Updated Handbook Re-classifies Asperger's (Flickr/hans s)

Today, The American Psychiatric Association has released a draft of its fifth handbook that discusses the official definitions and data of mental disorders. The official title of this handbook is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and is referred to as DSM-V, the ‘V’ of which stands for the fifth Roman numeral.

The DSM-V’s classification of Asperger’s disorder is starting to arouse much controversy. Considered a high-functioning form of autism, Asperger’s is now categorized under the general category of autism spectrum disorders or ASDs.

To explain the decision, the vice chair of the DSM stated that there isn’t enough evidence to keep Asperger’s syndrome as a separate diagnosis.

But some remained unsatisfied. Among them is the director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership.

The director explained “I personally am probably going to have a very hard time calling myself autistic.”

The public will have a chance to comment on these draft revisions of the DSM until April. To determine if these opinions will be taken into account, the handbook will be put to the test for approximately three years. The publication date will be approximately May, 2013.

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