Saturday, January 21, 2012

Autism Redefined to Reduce Numbers

KOPAVOGUR, Iceland, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. health experts are revising the definition of autism but critics say that could reduce the rate at which autism is diagnosed and restrict treatment access.
An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is working on the new definition, which would be included in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the standard reference for mental disorders, research, treatment and insurance, The New York Times reported.
The study results, presented at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association, are preliminary, but indicate at least 1 million U.S. children and adults have a diagnosis of autism or a related disorder, like Asperger's syndrome or "pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified."

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