For Emma, Jane and my new book about Autism and mental illness, I had to dig out the diagnostic criteria for Autism in the DSM- 5. It made me sad, so I decided to whip out my advocate brush and give it a neurodiversity-based touch-up. I hope you like it. I’m not sure how a doctor would use it but I prefer it to the original version. The way it works is that I have listed each category of the DSM -5 diagnostic criteria for Autism in italics and underneath have redrafted it. Enjoy.
A. Persistent deficits in social communication and interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by all of the following (currently or by history):
1. Deficits in social-emotional reciprocity
2. Deficits in nonverbal communication behaviours used for social interaction
3. Deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships
Specify current severity based on social communication impairments and restricted, repetitive patterns…
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