Starting next year, the process of diagnosing autism may see drastic changes following the revision of the official guide to classifying psychiatric illnesses.
After years of reviewing and refining criteria used by psychiatrists and other experts to diagnose mental health disorders, the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees on Saturday approved major changes to the manual, better known as DSM-5.
The approval of the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders came during a meeting in Arlington, Virginia.
The DSM is considered the “bible” of psychiatry because it’s the criteria mental health professionals use to diagnose their patients.
Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer for Autism Speaks, said she was worried some people would be excluded by the new definitions and not receive the services they need.
“The concern is we really don’t know yet how these changes are going to affect people in real world settings,” she said.
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