he American Psychiatric Association voted on Saturday to remove the diagnosis for Asperger's syndrome from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), instead lumping its symptoms under the newly added "autism spectrum disorder," which is already used widely. That umbrella diagnosis will include children with severe autism, who often do not talk or interact, as well as those with milder forms. The change comes as part of the first major revision of the guide in 20 years. The aim is not to expand the number of people diagnosed with mental illness, but to ensure those affected were more accurately diagnosed so they could get the most appropriate treatment, said Dr David Kupfer, the University of Pittsburgh psychiatry professor who chaired the revision committee.
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