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Asperger’s syndrome replaced in DSM-5 mental health manual

Asperger’s syndrome replaced in DSM-5 mental health manual

One (amongst many) of the controversial decisions taken by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in drawing up the revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), is to remove Asperger's syndrome as a separate diagnosis and replace it within the term ‘autism spectrum disorder’. In the terminology of the DSM-5 – Asperger's syndrome would be seen as being at the ‘upper end’ of the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). That means people with this type of ASD would normally have unaffected intelligence and language development, but would have milder symptoms affecting social interaction, behaviour and language comprehension.