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Nick22
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10 Nov 2013, 5:01 pm

Hi

I've just received my diagnosis report, which "confirms a primary diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism)". I must say it's come as a big relief as, although I cope really well as an adult, it does start to explain some of my preferences and difficulties. I wasn't sure whether the diagnosis meant I had PDD-NOS or whether it was autism. It said it was done using the ICD-10. I can only find "childhood autism" listed under PDD. Should I assume it is PDD-NOS.

Thanks for your help.



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10 Nov 2013, 5:45 pm

It sounds like the diagnosis is autism. "NOS" stands for Not Otherwise Specified, but it was specified as autism in your case. It likely would have said PDD-NOS if that were the diagnosis congruent with the evaluation.


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10 Nov 2013, 5:49 pm

Yep, it's just autism.

"Pervasive developmental disorder" or "autism spectrum disorder" is the general category. Autism (aka classic autism or autistic disorder) is one of the sub-categories. It's just confusing because "autism" is also another name for the entire group of PDDs.

By the way, PDD-NOS is also a type of autism. It's the type they use when you don't fit into any of the other categories.

The way they put it, though, your diagnosis is just regular autism.


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11 Nov 2013, 1:51 am

Thanks - that clears things up. Much appreciated.