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Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in Females

Posted: August 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in Females

Autism Testing Failing to Detect Condition in FemalesAutism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder.

They say a massive imbalance in the number of autism diagnoses between the sexes could be attributed to more subtle symptoms in females that are either dismissed by clinicians, or undetected by current testing, which focuses on signs associated with male behaviour.

The challenge in diagnosing girls with autism is a focus of Dr Ernsperger, who is speaking at a conference in Melbourne.

She believes the diagnostic questionnaires doctors use for autism focus mainly on the male characteristics of the disorder and are yet to be adapted for girls :: Read the full article »»»»

Psychiatry Bibles Makeover

Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Psychiatry Bibles Makeover

Psychiatry Bibles MakeoverThe American Psychiatric Association has released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, known as DSM-5. At a cost of $25 million. the revision happens only once in a generation and comes after nearly two decades of debate, deliberation and change in clinical practice.

The manual is produced primarily as a diagnostic tool for American psychiatrists, helping them to diagnose and treat their patients – and bill them accordingly. The revision is based on new insights from research since the last version of the manual was published in 1990.

Hoarding, gambling and marijuana withdrawal are among the newly expanded disorders contained in the fifth revision of the 947-page reference book. However, many healthcare professionals argue that it’s time to start from scratch and create a new system for diagnosing mental illness based on biological data. Others say that the manual turns too many aspects of normal life, such as grief, into medical conditions :: Read the full article »»»»