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Overdiagnosing autism—Allen Frances –

Perhaps a third of the huge jump in rates can be explained by three factors: the much-increased public and provider awareness of autism, the much-reduced stigma associated with it and the fact that the definition of autism has been loosened to include milder cases.

via Overdiagnosing autism—Allen Frances –


As a parent of a child whom professionals tried to squish into the Autism diagnosis (when he didn’t fit) I know first hand the pressure that is put on parents to just accept the diagnosis to get the services the child needs and how professionals can expand the diagnostic criteria to fit in any child they wish.  Thankfully, we have had school districts that provided the proper services to my child based on his NEEDS not his diagnosis.

This issue is not limited to just Autism or ADHD, but it can be a problem with all mental illness.