"A 05 Autism Spectrum Disorder."
. American Psychiatric Association. 26Jan. 2011. Web. 12 Oct. 2012.The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is an organization that represents psychiatric physicians from all around the world. While caring for the members of theorganization, this association focuses on helping and treating all of those that are afflictedwith mental disorders. The APA publishes a book, entitled the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
which is used to outline each mental disorder with specificclassifications of what constitutes each disorder. This website, which comes directly fromthe APA, shows the proposed revisions for the DSM-V, specifically for the AutismSpectrum Disorder (ASD), which is going to be released in 2013. It also contains whatthe DSM-IV says about the Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is important as well. Ithink it is important that these classifications of mental disorders are continually changing because the disorders themselves are continually changing as well, especially the AutismSpectrum Disorder. What is interesting about this website is that it shows the differencesand changes between the DSM IV and V. As ASD is changing and becoming more andmore common it is interesting that this parallels with the classification of the disorder. Inthe proposed revision, it seems like the number of “symptoms” has been reduced whichmeans that more people could potentially be diagnosed with the disorder. This websitewill be helpful for my paper because in order to write a paper about autism, it isimportant to know what exactly classifies autism as a mental disorder. This source will beused as a foundation for which I will be able to build my entire extended inquiry project.