With the release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, the term Asperger’s is no longer relevant. So does that mean that Asperger’s disorder is gone forever?
According to the American Psychiatric Association , Asperger’s is now subsumed with a broader spectrum: autism spectrum disorder. Even in APA documentation, Asperger’s is not listed when defining autism spectrum disorder because what is included covers a wide range of developmental issues. Unfortunately, many still use the term and still diagnose for clinician coding purposes depending on the severity of the case. This can be confusing for many.
Those with Asperger’s disorder generally display severe impairment in social interaction, repetitive patterns of behaviors in interest and activities that completely disturb social and occupational functions. People with Asperger’s are capable of functioning in everyday life but tend to be somewhat socially immature, relating better to adults.
From what studies suggest, some feel that it is cool to be diagnosed with Aperger’s because the label gives the impression of intelligence and ability. Famous achievers include Einstein, Bill Gates and Mozart have been thought to have Asperger syndrome, though many cases are not confirmed. Celebrities such as James Taylor have been diagnosed and, according to many, they feel that their successes have been a result of their disorder.
How does the change in Asperger’s medical documentation now affect purchasing life insurance? Regardless of the manual change, medication for specific behavior disorders are being administered, conversations and diagnostic testing has been conducted and life insurance will be rated for you depending on the severity. Most likely, unless other chronic health conditions exist, you will not be declined.