Autism Diagnosis Redefined
Revised definition of autism gets mixed reviews A narrower definition of autism that could sharply reduce the number of people classified as autistic or having an autism spectrum disorder is receiving mixed reviews. The new definition is to be included in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. More than 1 million children and adults are diagnosed with autism or a related disorder, like Asperger syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder. Some psychiatrists believe the change could provide a more accurate diagnosis, but it’s being met with concern by parents who worry they will lose social services for their children.