- Published on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 08:13
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From the 36-page article: "...In the past, AS [Asperger Syndrome], High Functioning Autism (HFA), and Pervasive Developmental Disorders-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) were all generally referred to as `autism.' Now with the latest anticipated changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (2012), [a] diagnosis of AS will no longer be included. Instead, the three categories (AS, HFA, and PDD-NOS) will be collapsed into one term and will be referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with differing levels of severity. This broad term provides almost no direction for understanding an individual's needs, prognosis, and/or treatment path. In fact, one of the greatest issues with collapsing the categories is captured in the well-known saying: "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism."
Many researchers have attempted to differentiate HFA from AS. Although some argue for the relevance of diagnostic distinctions, many don't. Further, a significant body of research addresses co-existence or co-mingling of mental health problems (anxiety, OCD, depression) and ASD and ADHD...."