The American Psychiatric Association has said that it's dropping Asperger's from the latest edition of the Diganostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Instead, it will fall under autism spectrum disorder. The APA said that will help children with autism get diagnosed more consistently and more accurately. This could be a good thing for parents who are trying to get insurance to pay for things. It could also help teachers, schools and parents in determining special ed (and funding).
(Critics say it could be a bad thing, if doctors don't think a child with Asperger's fits the criteria for an autism diagnosis.)
The new manual comes out in May 2013.
Other changes: (Dyslexia stayed in the manual.)
Hoarding disorder was added and DMDD (Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder) was added. DMDD is "characterized by abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums." I'm not sure where doctors will draw the line with that one!
Here's the piece:
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