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March 31, 2008

The DSM-V workgroup has not yet released any official information. However, some people speculate that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be introduced as an umbrella term, and that Asperger’s, (Kanner’s) autism, PDD-NOS, and possibly one or more others will become subcategories of ASD. Other conditions (like OCD and ADHD) could be named as dimensions of ASD (similar to the concept of comorbidities). I suspect that the Asperger’s name will be retained, but that is just a guess on my part based on its common use in the literature.

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