Friday, June 10, 2011

Proposed Revision of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism

The American Psychiatric Association’s Proposed Revision of the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism

As many of you may already know, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recently released their proposed revision of the diagnostic criteria for autism, which forgoing further revision, will appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5 (DSM-5) projected to be published in May 2013. The proposed criteria differs from the APA’s current diagnostic criteria for autism, as described in the DSM-IV, in several ways, the foremost being the inclusion of Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger’s Disorder under the all-encompassing category, autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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