Lately the internet is a buzz with all sorts of chaos about the proposals for the new DSM (V) set for 2013. Petitions are flying, people are screaming and panicking…… STOP. Please stop. And please read this through so I can help you better understand. Your benefits, diagnosis, treatments, supports and what ever else are not being taken away. You are not going to lose your identity or anything else. Lets walk through it, shall we?
Primary complaint is that they are removing Asperger’s and Rhett’s syndrome from diagnosis in the DSM V. But hold on, that already happened. Yes, it already happened. DSM IV lists the new compound definition as Autistic Disorder. Read it HERE. Click on the tab that says DSM IV and read it.
What does this mean? It means that you either have autism or you don’t, period. If you were diagnosed with Asperger’s, then you have autism. If you were diagnosed with Rhett’s, you have autism. It is not intended to take anyone’s diagnosis away. It doesn’t change your diagnosis except for the sake of a word.
Why did they do this? The biggest reason is that autism is already really hard to tie down in a category like when they had five forms listed before. It was hard to diagnose and still is. Having all the varied categories actually created more confusion than they were worth. Consider this:
Right now there are still several states where insurance will not cover treatments for “Asperger’s” but they will for “Autism“. Think about it. The new definition in the DSM means you are actually more likely to get the treatments and support you need because of insurance companies needs for specific terminologies.
Here is a quote from that same link under the tab of “rationale”:
Asperger’s and Rhett’s have not ceased to exist, they are simply consider as “Autism”. That is all. I hope that people can calm themselves soon and see this before they cause themselves a lot of unnecessary stress.
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