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How Autism Diagnoses Will Change Under New Diagnostic Criteria (DSM 5)

The publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will have a huge impact on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS will disappear, new criteria will be used to diagnosed ASD, and new categories have been developed which are likely to absorb many people now diagnosed with ASD. Find out much more about what all this means to you and your family.

What Are the New Criteria for Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders?
The new criteria for autism spectrum disorders, published in May 2013, include a lot of changes. What are the key changes, and what might they mean to you?

Does Asperger Syndrome Still Exist?
Asperger syndrome no longer appears in the official diagnostic manual (the DSM-5). Does that mean the diagnosis has disappeared?

DSM-5 Includes Specifiers to Provide Personalized Autism Diagnoses
People with autism are very, very different from one another. Yet the new diagnostic criteria lump all people with autism under a single diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. How can you get a personalized autism spectrum diagnosis? This article explains the process.

Will Children with Intellectual Delays No Longer Be Diagnosed with Autism?
How will the new diagnostic manual, due for publication in 2013, impact your child's autism diagnosis?

Does Your Child Have Social Communication Disorder?
Social Communication Disorder is a new diagnostic category that is very similar to autism. Does it describe you or your child?

How Has the Definition and Diagnosis of Autism Changed Over Time?
Since it first appeared in the diagnostic manual (DSM) in 1980, the definition and diagnosis of autism have changed radically. Find out how changes to the DSM have changed the face of autism.

Read the Preliminary DSM-5
The publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will have a huge impact on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS will disappear, new criteria will be used to diagnosed ASD, and new categories have been developed which are likely to absorb many people now diagnosed with ASD. Here is the preliminary version of new DSM-5 for your review.

Answers to Top Questions About the DSM-5 and Autism
The new Diagnostic Manual for mental health clinicians (DSM-5) includes major changes to autism spectrum diagnoses. Here are the surprising answers to 10 key questions about the new Autism Spectrum Disorder, from experts in the field.

Three Levels of Autism in the DSM-5
If you're diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, you can also receive a diagnostic level describing how much support you need. Find out more about different levels of autism in the DSM-5 Diagnostic Manual.

Read the Preliminary DSM-5
The publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will have a huge impact on autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Asperger syndrome and PDD-NOS will disappear, new criteria will be used to diagnosed ASD, and new categories have been developed which are likely to absorb many people now diagnosed with ASD. Here is the preliminary version of new DSM-5 for your review.

Why Asperger Syndrome Will Disappear
The new diagnostic manual (DSM 5) will be put into practice in 2013. When that happens, the term Asperger syndrome will disappear from diagnostic literature. Find out why.

How Autism Diagnosis and Treatment May Change with the New DSM-5
With the new diagnostic criteria planned for implementation in 2013, diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders will change. How much will they change, and what are the implications for treatment?

Will New Diagnostic Criteria Mean My Child with PDD-NOS Is No Longer Autistic?
When the American Psychiatric Association changes its diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders, many people will cease to qualify as autistic.

How Autism Diagnosis and Treatment May Change with the New DSM-5
With the new diagnostic criteria planned for implementation in 2013, diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders will change. How much will they change, and what are the implications for treatment?

How Changes in Autism Diagnosis Will Affect Your Life
The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will make sweeping changes to the criteria for diagnosing autism. What will these changes mean to you and the autism community as a whole?

Early Signs of Autism
With so many headlines about autism, many parents are worried about their child's development. How do you know whether a delay or difference is really significant? How do you decide whether your child should see a professional? Here are some of the red flag symptoms to look for.

Why Does the Definition of Autism Keep Changing?

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