ASPERGER'S SYNDROME DROPPED FROM AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MANUAL
The American Pscychiatirc Assocation (APA) does not include Asperger's syndrome in its most recent edition of the psychiatrist's "bible," the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5.
The DSM is the manual that doctors use to diagnose patients with mental disorders. DSM-5 is the first major rewrite to the DSM in nearly 20 years.
The familiar "Asperger's," along with some similar disorders, will be lumped together under autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Other changes include entries for new disorders such as "hoarding disorder" or "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD)," the latter characterized by abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums. "Dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain.