| Does it bother you that the DSM-V will be removing Asperger's as a separate diagnosis and simply include it as an autism spectrum disorder?|
Personally I identify with other Aspies, but I rarely use the term in real life, if and when I bother to discuss my psychological issues. I generally say I have an autism spectrum disorder simply because it's more mainstream and people can figure out what that means while they may have no clue what Asperger's is. If you're high functioning and intelligent I don't think it makes a difference what you call it. I have read that some young Aspies are pissed though, and don't want to be labeled autistic.
I can’t say it’s made me particularly angry, but I would prefer it being a separate diagnosis simply because they are completely different things in practice. The similarity is there, but I always use this comparison between myself and my younger sister with full-fledged autistic disorder. She’s nearly ten and can’t talk. At that age, I had trouble shutting up. Asperger’s and autistic disorder require completely different IEP services, so with the joining of the two disorders into one, I’m worried that higher-functioning autistics might not get the proper educational attention they need.