What's autism? Proposed new definitio...

What's autism? Proposed new definition has advocates wary

There are 5 comments on the TwinCities story from Jan 20, 2012, titled What's autism? Proposed new definition has advocates wary. In it, TwinCities reports that:

Proposed changes in the definition of autism would sharply reduce the skyrocketing rate at which the disorder is diagnosed and might make it harder for many people who would no longer meet the criteria to get health, educational and social services, a new analysis suggests.

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Since: Dec 11

havelock, nc

#1 Jan 20, 2012
I don't agree. The new criteria is very wide, and allows for a wide range of presentation in each individual criteria. I don't see how anyone who warrants an ASD diagnosis wouldn't fit into it. I'm very high functioning, diagnosed with aspergers, and fit this criteria just fine.

Since: Dec 11

havelock, nc

#2 Jan 20, 2012
Anyone with an autistic disorder diagnosis should fit the new criteria.. And people with Aspergers who were accurately diagnosed should too. Some PDDNOS might be excluded, but if they don't fit the new definition then I honestly don't see how PDD accurately describes their symptoms in the first place. Look at the criteria and you'll see what I mean. It's on the dsm v website.

Since: Jan 07

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#3 Jan 20, 2012
When they revised and released the DSM 4, they added PDD-NOS for the first time. It had always been controversial since then, and that's when the autism rates started to rise, and the Mental Retardation dropped. This study estimates 85 percent of those with PDD-NOS would not qualify under the new DSM. Where a problem is going to be seen, is those states with regional centers but most all schools otherwise would qualify a child for special ed then under OHI instead of ASD.

Since: Jan 07

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#4 Jan 20, 2012
It also still depends on how each specific doctor interprets the behaviors they see, and it also depends on how many of them rule out other mimicking genetic disorders. Although there is a DSM, there really isn't a standard of how doctors use the criteria, plus the educational criteria for public schools is not the same as a medical diagnosis.

Since: Jan 07

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#6 Jan 22, 2012
The DSM lll occurred in 1980, and there were only six characteristics listed and each of these six symptoms must be present in order for an individual to be diagnosed with infantile autism. Due to some controversy surrounding the descriptor infantile, this category was changed to autistic disorder in 1987.

DSM-IV, occurred in 1994. Besides the inclusion of four new subtypes, drastic changes were made to the criteria that needed to be met in order to receive a diagnosis of autistic disorder. The current release of the DSM has a list of 16 different symptoms used to describe autistic disorder and a patient only needs to exhibit six of the 16 to receive the diagnosis.

DSM V reduces the 16 different symptoms, more narrowing them down, and only in one area (B) a child only has to meet to of the 4.

It seems to me, DSM IV left the door too wide open.

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