Friday, July 14, 2006

Sneaky Psychoclassificists...

BBC reports that Autism 'more common than thought':

"'Prevalence of autism and related ASDs is substantially higher than previously recognised.

'Whether the increase is due to better ascertainment, broadening diagnostic criteria, or increased incidence is unclear.
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Note the lack of distinction between "some form of ASD", and "a lifelong disability" - the blurring of continuum and thresholded abnormality. Rates are going up, but is it a genuine increase, a broader classification scheme, or simply a desire to classify?

Normality is against the norm. Rejoice in your deficiencies and peculiarities!

Extraness: The Mind Hacks blog has a good rundown too, making the excellent point:

"Having one of these diagnoses entitles children to special educational support or even a place in an expensive yet well-supported special school in many areas of the UK."

..and generally linking "objective" diagnosis with "societal" (and hence subjective) needs.

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