A Powerful Identify: A Vanishing Diagnosis

Published November 3, 2009 in New York Times

Nobody has been able to show consistent differences between what clinicians diagnose as Aspergers syndrome and what they diagnose as mild autistic disorder. Thus, there is a proposal to remove Aspergers syndrome from the next edition of psychiatrys diagnostic manual. But the change, if approved by the manuals editors and consultants, is likely to be controversial. The Aspergers diagnosis is used by health insurers, researchers, state agencies and schools not to mention people with the disorder, many of whom proudly call themselves Aspies.


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