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Question A question for Aspies (but open to others) - February 5th 2011, 07:10 AM

So they're considering in the new DSM to eliminate the diagnosis of aspergers (which would then just be a diagnosis of high-functioning autism). It isn't a 100% definite that this will be changed yet but it's more than likely. Soooo, what are your thoughts and feelings on/regarding this?

Personally I hope they keep the diagnosis of aspergers because I was diagnosed with it just last may...I don't want them deciding to change it.
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Re: A question for Aspies (but open to others) - February 5th 2011, 07:32 AM

I'm not sure how I feel on this. It dosen't really affect me. But I could see how it might affect some people though.

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Re: A question for Aspies (but open to others) - February 6th 2011, 04:10 AM

Autism and Asperger's are two different diagnoses with two different types of effects. To just classify it as autism means that many people dealing with Asperger's will not get the help or treatment that may be needed. Autism is seen as an overall mental impediment/disability with long-term severe impediments, whereas Asperger's has unique difficulties related to communication and social behavior, which can be managed and gradually overcome over time with therapy and age. The proposal to eliminate the Asperger's diagnosis is absolutely ridiculous, and if this type of thing actually happened when I was two or three I can be quite certain that my life would be drastically different, and not in a positive way.
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