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History in Waiting: Receiving a Diagnosis of Asperger in Midlife

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Abstract

The Asperger syndrome as a separate nosological entity made its way into the most important diagnostic manual in Western psychiatry (the DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) only in 1994. In 2013, i.e. less than 20 years later, it was removed from the new edition of the manual (the DSM-5) and reabsorbed into the autistic spectrum (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The intervening two decades have seen a number of dramatic changes in the meaning attached to the labels of Asperger and autism.

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder Asperger Syndrome Autism Research Diagnostic Label Military History 
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