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Psychiatry Manual Drafters Back Down on Diagnoses

posted 8 Jun 2012, 03:57 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 8 Jun 2012, 05:28 by Jan Szafranski ]
In a rare step, doctors on a panel revising psychiatry’s influential diagnostic manual have backed away from two controversial proposals that would have expanded the number of people identified as having psychotic or depressive disorders.

The proposed definition of autism, which would eliminate related labels like Asperger’s syndrome and “pervasive developmental disorder,” came under fire in January, when researchers at Yale University presented evidence that about half of the people who currently have a diagnosis on the higher functioning end of the “autism spectrum” would no longer qualify under the new definition.

By BENEDICT CAREY