CHICAGO -- The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain.
The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday.
Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. The manual also is important for the insurance industry in deciding what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education.
I guess Aspies have run their course.
What is the new DMDD all about?
They are also getting rid of Gender Identity Disorder.
[quote] They are also getting rid of Gender Identity Disorder.
About frickin' time.
Aspies are the new normal.
I don't care if you like it or not but a kid that has a temper tantrum in school, kick them out. If they have a temper tamtrum at home...get a little switch and leave red marks all over the little fuckers. It hurts and no body likes to be hurt...unless they are a sick fuck. That's the way it is. Time out? My ass.
No money in it for the profession R5's way.
What about peanut allergies????
Can we give them peanut allergies?
They aren't changing the rules so that people who are currently diagnosed as having Asperger's will suddenly be classifiable as "normal." They are moving all the different diagnoses under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Separating High-Functioning Austism from Asperger Syndrome was getting to be a matter of splitting hairs. It's all the same wiring quirk, expressed with different traits in greater or lesser degrees and in various combinations.
As in all the sciences, there is a constant back and forth between lumpers and splitters.
But Billy's special. I hope Obamacare will still provide him the welfare he needs so when he turns 18 he can go on disability and get Section 8 and food stamps.