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How many children have “autism”?

How many children have “autism”? Is that number increasing? Is there an “epidemic” of autism or have we merely been continually refining it, expanding it and moving the goalposts?

2017 article in the Universal Journal of Clinical Medicine shows a 2012 global median autism prevalence figure of 17/10,000 or 1 in 588 for autistic disorder and 62/10,000 or 1 in 161 for all pervasive developmental disorders. That is at some considerable variance from the 1 in 59 figure in the U.S.. One of the important remaining tasks in the search is to bring the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V definition of autistic spectrum disorder in line with the definition in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases–Eleventh Revision (ICD-11). They’re still inconsistent.

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2018-05-25T04:45:42+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Office, Uncategorized|Comments Off on How many children have “autism”?