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Chapter 1. Neurodevelopmental Disorders

DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585624836.854423
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In its approach to mental illness across the lifetime of a patient, DSM-5 naturally begins with the neurodevelopmental disorders. As a group, these disorders are usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Individually, these disorders have undergone a mix of pruning, reorganization, and clarification, including one of DSM-5’s most controversial changes—to the definition of and diagnostic criteria for autism.

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