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A 36-year-old female asked:

Will the dsm v change my son's high functioning autism diagnosis? he barely qualified under the dsm iv.

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Not necessarily: Most children who received a diagnosis of either autism, asperger’s, or pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (pdd-nos) using dsm-iv criteria would still receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as defined by the criteria for dsm-5. The dsm-5 comes out in may. Your clinician must review your son's current clinical status & new criteria to discuss this with you.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Actually, we have to get used to dropping the word "Spectrum," as all "on the spectrum" will have a diagnosis of Autistic Disorder.
Jan 29, 2013
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Provided original answer
Your comment does not fit my understanding of the DSM-5 change. The following does: Autism Society Responds to Approved DSM-5 Autism Definition December 3, 2012 By Autism Society The American Psychiatric Association (APA) on Saturday approved a fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), signing off on a sweeping change to the definition of autism. The DSM-5 eliminates autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder (not otherwise specified) by dissolving them into one diagnosis called autism spectrum disorder. According to the APA, this represents an effort to more accurately diagnose all individuals showing the signs of autism.
Jan 30, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
You're right , the APA's "Autistic disorders will undergo a reshuffling and renaming" shows the D/B Pedes' "AD" didn't make the cut.
Feb 4, 2013
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
In truth, HFA has: Never been a separate diagnostic category. His diagnosis will be autistic disorder, as for those currently dx'ed with Asperger syndrome & pdd-nos. Because core deficits exist in varying degrees in all people with autism, e.g., lack of theory of mind, + impaired facial recognition, social reciprocity, & social communication, all deserve appropriate behavioral, social & educational interventions.

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