Login

American Psychiatric Association removes Asperger's syndrome from diagnostic manuals

Deus Ex Brain

The American Psychiatric Association will be removing Asperger's syndrome — a form of autism characterized by high intelligence and extremely specialized knowledge, coupled with a lack of social skills — from the newest version of its DSM-5 diagnostic manual. Asperger's syndrome, which has been strongly connected to and oft-dicussed in the programming and technology field, will instead fall under the newly revised autism spectrum disorder. This change was originally proposed in January, and drew heavy criticism for fear that it would limit diagnoses and shut individuals out of necessary care. However, the APA says that field testing led to "more accurate diagnoses" and "more focused treatment."

This move to a more flexible autism spectrum disorder will sit along other structural and diagnostic changes in the manual's first update in nearly 20 years. While it's unlikely to significantly impact the way Asperger's syndrome is discussed in popular culture, the new autism spectrum will hopefully lead to more effective diagnoses and treatment. The DSM-5 will be published in May next year.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Verge username and password

As part of the new Verge launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Verge going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.