The Cutting Edge
In recent years, I have observed what appears to be a trend that may have implications for the current DSM V controversy regarding the perceived need by the committee to “tighten” the criteria for diagnosis—a move that has generated a firestorm of criticism by family members of, and people with ASD. What—you might ask—does this have to do with the new CDC autism prevalence statistics? In a word, plenty! Bear with me while I explain.
Over the past decade, I have seen an increase in the number of children blatantly misdiagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, when they clearly do not meet current DSM IV—TR criteria for diagnosis. To be clear, these are NOT children whose behavior meets the “expanded” diagnosis that is captured by the DSM subcategories of PDD-NOS and Asperger’s disorder. I am referring to children who are unquestionably misdiagnosed, and whose numbers may be so significant that they are not only dramatically affecting the skyrocketing prevalence rates, but also contributing to the DSM V committee’s efforts to “stanch” the so-called epidemic by tightening the criteria for diagnosis. To read this entire article Subscribe »
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