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The Trouble With DSM-5

This year’s decision by the American Psychiatric Association to remove Asperger’s Syndrome from the DSM-5 has prompted a lot of frustration and concern among those whose lives have been affected by a diagnosis of this condition. Learning to cope with Asperger’s Syndrome often defines and shapes an individual’s identity. Thus, the loss of this diagnosis can be difficult for many with this disorder – particularly having to accept a new clinical label, and the worry of how that new label will affect their treatment.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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