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Pediatric Therapy Corner: The Disorder Formerly Known As Asperger's

[Source:  Ramp Up /]
The latest Diagnostic and Statisticians Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) collapses Asperger’s Syndrome and autism, along with other disorders, into one diagnosis – Autism Spectrum Disorder. ‘Aspies’ may feel like a little piece of themselves falling away, says Katharine Annear, but she believes a name change in a book doesn’t change who they are.
I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome 10 years ago and had suspected I was on the autism spectrum for several years before that. Being a child of the seventies, autism would just not have crossed the minds of therapists who came to know me for my anxiety and intensity. I grew up without a label and after having many thrown at me in my late teens, finding Asperger’s was like finding a glove that fit.
Around the time of my diagnosis, I spent hours and hours in online forums chatting to other ‘Aspergian’ folk. I found a sense of belonging on a long since archived website called Aspergia and found an Internet Relay Chat room of which I am still a member today. Asperger’s quickly became part of my identity.
In his recent TEDMED Talk, “How does an illness become an identity?“, Andrew Solomon
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