Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DSM-IV

In preparation for Tyler's evaluation with a developmental pediatrician I looked up the all-knowing, always confusing, ever elusive DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 4). This is what caught us off-guard the most at his appointment with the pediatric psychologist and probably frustrated us the most. The psychologist didn't interact with Tyler at all but instead asked us some questions and went through a diagnostic check-list in the DSM-IV. On the way home I rethought some of my answers and wondered if I had answered correctly. I had no way of knowing....until now. I found the DSM-IV online!

After looking over the checklist I came up with 3 things that fit Tyler. You need at least 6 (out of 12) to qualify for any form of PDD. So now I am even more anxious for this second opinion!