The American Psychiatric Association released its long-awaited revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition. The Manual, commonly referred to as the DSM-5, is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system.
Its classification has implications for clinicians, researchers, insurers, patients and families. Identification of a disability condition for eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not directly rely on a DSM-specific diagnosis. But conditions diagnosed by mental health or other health professionals may be considered by a school team during evaluation or reevaluation.
The revised DSM includes changes to diagnoses including intellectual disability, specific learning disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and a wide range of other mood and behavioral disorders. Read the APA summary here.
The Virginia Department of Education has published this video clarifying the potential impact of the DSM-V on team decisions regarding eligibility under the Autism category.