This isn't really anything new. Asperger's was always just one 'disorder' on the autistic spectrum as anyone who's studied abnormal/clinical psychology will know. Now if only the whole psychological community would go the whole hog and start looking at and treating specific symptoms and their causes rather than trying to parcel everything up into spurious syndromes we might get somewhere. The medical model is really not the best approach to take to psychological problems, the 'illness' known as schizophrenia being the perfect example of why this is so.As I understand ADHD, Asperger's, and Autism are on the same spectrum. One of my friends has Asperger's. Her brain does not work quite like the majority. She would never get put away for it. I think it is good that she can have a diagnosis that makes sense of how her brain works differently.
My point was that the difference between two different people on the autistic spectrum is a difference of degree not a difference of kind. Many of the 'disorders' so beloved of things like the DSM are nothing more than convenient (often less than useful) groupings of symptoms - they're not illnesses in themselves in any meaningful sense. This is most clearly seen with something like schizophrenia where two patients can manifest such radically different symptoms that there is absolutely no common ground between their illnesses, but it's also certainly the case that Asperger's was never anything more than a convenient grouping within a continuous spectrum of autistic symptoms. This is not new thinking - I was being taught this back in the mid-90s - it just appears as though the diagnostic manuals might finally be catching up in some, though clearly not all, areas.
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