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Monday, January 30, 2012

Allen Frances: DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates

Allen Frances: DSM 5 Will Lower Autism Rates: "The people working on DSM 5 have difficulty getting their story straight. First they said they didn't care what impact DSM 5 would have on prevalence rates of the different mental disorders. Their indifference was so profound that the expensive DSM 5 field trials omitted the simple and obvious step of systematically comparing what rates would be using DSM 5 versus DSM IV.

Last week, the New York Times ran a front page story reporting that DSM 5 changes would dramatically reduce rates of autism. This produced an uproar in the autism community and instigated a petition against DSM 5. A more narrowly defined diagnosis, it was feared, would likely result in much reduced school and mental health services."

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