20 Jan '12, 11am

TODAYonline | Science | New definition of autism will exclude many, study suggests

NEW YORK - 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. The definition is now being reassessed by an expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, which is completing work on the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard reference for mental disorders. It is the first major revision in 17 years. The results of the new analysis, presented Thursday at a meeting of the Icelandic Medical Association, are preliminary, but they offer the most drastic estimate of how tightening the criteria for autism could affect the rate of diagnosis. At least a million children and adults in the US...

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