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I need your expertise, is higher functioning autism or Asperger syndrome also considered a mental health disorder?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The diagnosis has been incorporated into high-functioning autism.
However, just because it's a handicap of sorts -- you'll never be super-coordinated and probably never excel at team sports -- you can learn social skills, and your ability to focus your mind is a huge PLUS in our tech age. And if single agrees with you, you're extra fortunate. Who needs to be exactly like everyone else?

In brief: Yes

The diagnosis has been incorporated into high-functioning autism.
However, just because it's a handicap of sorts -- you'll never be super-coordinated and probably never excel at team sports -- you can learn social skills, and your ability to focus your mind is a huge PLUS in our tech age. And if single agrees with you, you're extra fortunate. Who needs to be exactly like everyone else?
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The diagnoses you

mention have been subsumed into one diagnosis, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V.
It is listed as a neurodevelopmental disorder with 3 levels of severity based on degree of functional impairment & level of support services needed. This emphasizes that, because the same core deficits exist in all who have ASD, all need services & supports.

In brief: The diagnoses you

mention have been subsumed into one diagnosis, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V.
It is listed as a neurodevelopmental disorder with 3 levels of severity based on degree of functional impairment & level of support services needed. This emphasizes that, because the same core deficits exist in all who have ASD, all need services & supports.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Anything that interferes with the individual's functioning is a disorder.

In brief: Yes.

Anything that interferes with the individual's functioning is a disorder.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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