The Diagnostic and Statistics Manual is known for being a valuable resource for clinicians when establishing whether or not individuals have mental disorders and what category they fit into. Because there are so many different types of disorders, it is necessary to have an accurate description so those in need of a diagnostic can be properly assisted. Recently, there has been an updated version of this manual called the DSM-5. There have been changes to multiple different disorders such as broadening the Autism
Spectrum Disorder. As a repercussion of this, labels such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Rett’s Disorder, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder are all now underlined in Autism Spectrum
Disorder ultimately eliminating those labels and diagnoses (Harstad, 1). In doing this, a lot of controversy has sparked as to whether or not this change was appropriate and how this affects those previously diagnosed with these disorders.
This topic is quite the personal one, about 7 years ago my brother was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or otherwise known as ASD. This is a developmental disorder that can impede a person’s social interactions, how effective their communication is, and trouble with language ("Autism - Autism Spectrum Disorders."). Having this disorder affects their entire life and can make it extremely difficult to engage in neuro-typical activities such as school and making friends. I also have