In the continuing saga of diagnostic ambiguity —
Last week the psychologist who had previously taken her copy of the DSM-IV-TR off her shelf and read the diagnostic criteria for autism to Fathersvox and I, told me that Sweet M doesn't have autism. Now she says that Sweet M has PDD-NOS. Atypical autism.
But, she says, she still can't make the diagnosis because she didn't do the developmental history.
So we're back to PDD-NOS. Atypical autism. Sort of.
I knew Sweet M wasn't neurotypical. And now it's confirmed, she's not even typical in her autism, in her atypicality.
I find all of this sad, and funny, and tiring. Very very tiring. It reminds me of the problems of thinking of neurodiversity as a linear spectrum that is being discussed over on Autism Vox and elsewhere.
The entire catagory of Pervasive Development Disorder needs to be rewritten. It's a mess.
I think that what Sweet M and many of us are suffering from isn't PDD-NOS, it's PDD-NEK: Pediatric Diagnostic Disorder – Not Enough Knowledge.