The Mad and Terrible Arkansan

Dec 3

Asperger's Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder are being dropped from the DSM-5

The changes to the fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual confirmed in the article are:

  • Asperger’s Disorder is being folded into the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Helps those currently diagnosed with Asperger’s access more services.
  • Gender Identity Disorder is being replaced with Gender Dysphoria - “emotional distress over one’s gender. Supporters equated the change with removing homosexuality as a mental illness in the diagnostic manual, which happened decades ago.”
  • Children who have frequent strong temper attacks are going to be diagnosed with Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) instead of being treated like they have Bipolar Disorder and being prescribed heavy-duty drugs.
  • There will also be a new broader learning disorder category that will cover several conditions, including dyslexia.

Other changes will be revealed when the DSM-5 is finally published this coming May.