Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorder
The diagnosis of Asperger's has been removed from the DSM 5 for reasons that I don't understand. The American Psychological Association decided to collapse Asperger's, Autism, Childhood Dis-integrative Disorder and Pervasive Pevelopmental Disorder, into one category called Autism Spectrum Disorder with different levels of symptom severity. However, I believe it is very important to discuss what the distinction is (or rather was) between the two titles before people with Asperger's and people with Autism got lumped together with into the category Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD for short). I do not possess any knowledge of the other two disorders.
The primary distinguishing factor of Asperger's was the lack of delay in speech development. If a person showed signs of Autism but started speaking at a typical age, then they would generally be identified as a person with Asperger's instead of Autism; if the diagnosis of Asperger's was still around, then this is what I would have been diagnosed with. However, by the time I got my diagnosis, Asperger's had been lumped together with Autism Spectrum disorder, and people like me are now categorized as high functioning autistic.
This whole area of mental health is extremely messy, and my technical knowledge is very limited. My knowledge is all based around how the symptoms affect the day to day lives of those on the spectrum, and the coping strategies I've developed with the help of my personal coach. The best resources
I can recommend to those who want to learn more about Asperger's, and Autism are listed below.
The Truth About Asperger's - Max Derrat
A YouTube channel that will take you through all of the symptoms and how they affect "aspies", yes many of us still call ourselves aspies.
All things by Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin is a well known Autistic scientist, she didn't begin speaking until the age of 3. This Ted Talk gives a really great overview of Autism and how the Autistic mind works. I also highly recommend her book The Autistic Brain for anyone that wants to learn about Autism more deeply.