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Psychiatrists Redefine Disorders Including Autism

New guidance for the diagnosis of some mental disorders, including autism, was endorsed by U.S. doctors over the weekend, clearing the way for changes that will influence the way patients are treated and payments reimbursed.

 

The vote by the American Psychiatric Association follows a seven-year debate that split the mental health community over whether the changes will spur over-diagnosis of some disorders, and limit treatment for others. The guide collapses several conditions into a broadened definition for autism. It also adds new maladies, including one called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder for children who have multiple temper tantrums weekly.

 

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