As per reports, it has been revealed that two diagnoses have been recommended not to be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5). The two diagnoses which have been asked for exclusion are attenuated psychosis syndrome and mixed anxiety depressive disorder.
In addition, it has been found that there are lots of concerns in regard to the change of autism definition. Parents as well as experts are in tension, as new definition can exclude many autistic children from getting free treatment as well as therapies.
If both the above mentioned diagnoses are not taken in the DSM-5, then it means that the new definition of autism will only cover severe cases of autism. Dr. Darrel Regier, who is Vice-Chairman of the DSM-5 task force, said that nothing is going to change with alterations in the definition of autism. "The very minor revisions... do not constitute the wholesale revision that is called for", he further affirmed.
However, more than 13,000 health professionals have signed an open letter, in which they have asked to cancel the publication of the DSM-5. They are of the view that the DSM-5 authors should rethink about the new definition and then should conduct a public discussion on it.