DSM-5 Redefines the Spectrum

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Last year the American Psychological Association (APA) released the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, which includes some significant changes to Spectrum diagnoses. The previous edition included both Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), which were part of the Autistic Spectrum but considered separate conditions. However, in DSM-5, the APA chose to eliminate both Aspberger’s and PDD-NOS — with some controversy.

Find out the reasons for the change from the APA’s Vice-Chair in this video.

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