DSM Criteria For Autism Explained

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When looking into a potential autism diagnosis, it can be hard to understand all of the language surrounding autism. There is so much pathologized language that presents all behavior as negative as well as being difficult to understand. Thus, I have taken the DSM-V criteria for autism and broken them down into examples of how each criteria can be met. Each section heading and criteria heading has been left with the original language of the DSM however the examples are meant to be a more inclusive and more positive take on autistic traits.

Please note that in order to qualify for a professional diagnosis, one must meet all three criteria from section A, two of four for section B, and sections C, D, and E.

A. “Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts, as manifested by the following, currently or by history (examples are illustrative, not…

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