With the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, the term “Asperger’s Syndrome” is no longer applicable. Does this mean that Asperger’s disorder is no longer present?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Asperger’s syndrome is now part of a broader spectrum disorder known as an autism spectrum disorder. Even in APA documentation, Asperger’s syndrome is not listed when defining autism spectrum disorder because it encompasses many developmental issues. Unfortunately, depending on the severity of the case, many people continue to use the term and diagnose. Many people may be perplexed by this.
Asperger’s syndrome is characterized by severe impairment in social interaction, repetitive patterns of behavior in areas of interest, and activities that completely disrupt social and occupational functions. People with Asperger’s syndrome can function in everyday life but are socially immature and prefer to interact with adults.
According to studies, some people think it’s cool to be diagnosed with Asperger’s because the label implies intelligence and ability. Famous achievers such as Einstein, Bill Gates, and Mozart have all been suspected of having Asperger syndrome, though many cases remain unconfirmed. Celebrities such as James Taylor have been diagnosed, and many believe that their success is a result of their disorder.
How does the new Asperger’s medical documentation affect the purchase of life insurance? Regardless of the manual change, medication for specific behavioral disorders is being administered, conversations and diagnostic testing have taken place, and you will be rated for life insurance based on the severity. Unless you have other chronic health conditions, you will likely not be declined.