The New York Times ran an article about the proposed DSM change for the defintion of autism. Here is a little tidbit I found intersting:
The likelihood of being left out under the new definition depended on the original diagnosis: About a quarter of those identified with classic autism in 1993 would not be so identified under the proposed criteria; about three quarters of those with Asperger’s would not qualify; and 85 percent of those with P.D.D.-N.O.S. would not.
So the reality is that with this change of definition the vast majority of our children would no longer be considered autistic. Interesting, absurd and quite frankly frightening…Even more so, completely devoid of any sense of morality.
Yes I left a comment. So here it is:
The psychiatric community plays with people’s lives, support and future without even a second thought. This is nothing more than about the ego of a handful of persons who have no regard for the destruction they will cause. To actually say that the overwhelming majority of persons diagnosed with some form of autism in the last two decades will no longer be considered autistic is Orwellian. How nice that the psychiatric community can somehow cure someone of autism overnight by changing the definition.
Goodness if we parents of autistic children knew that was the way to do it, we would have asked for this definition change decades ago. We didn’t need to go broke with therapists, doctors, neurologists and specialized programs. We could have just asked the psychiatric community to wave their little wands….Abracadabra presto chango the definitiono and your children or you are now cured…So glad to know that that is really all it took…
Unbelievable… the psychiatric community changes the definition and our children have no more problems….who knew….
These people are not only not professional they are completely absurd.
It is linked HERE. BTW I wrote it under my political blogging pen-name not my autism blogging name.
Let them know what you think too.
Until next time,