History in waiting: receiving a diagnosis of Asperger in midlife

Alessandra Fasulo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Asperger syndrome as a separate nosological entity made its way into the most important diagnostic manual in Western psychiatry (the DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) only in 1994. In 2013, i.e. less than 20 years later, it was removed from the new edition of the manual (the DSM-5) and reabsorbed into the autistic spectrum (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The intervening two decades have seen a number of dramatic changes in the meaning attached to the labels of Asperger and autism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarked Identities
Subtitle of host publicationNarrating Lives between Social Labels and Individual Biographies
EditorsRoberta Piazza, Alessandra Fasulo
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781137332813
ISBN (Print)9781137332806, 9781349461905
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2014


  • autism spectrum disorder
  • Asperger syndrome
  • autism research
  • diagnostic label
  • military history


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