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siuan
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11 Nov 2007, 10:38 pm

As a student of psychology and a recovered sufferer of ED-NOS (eating disorder not otherwise specified) and can attest to the fact that NOS is not just a wastebasket category. I had both anorexia AND bulimia, so I did not fit a clear diagnosis of one or the other. I was actually sicker than either single one, damaging myself in multiple ways. NOS simply means a person has multiple symptoms that meet criteria, they just don't fit neatly into a specific one. (Aspies get obsessed with things, for a time, mine was counting all things food related including calories and weight.)

Now, some people who don't know much about PDD-NOS may think it means less, but I know better. I think educational institutions are getting better about it.


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12 Nov 2007, 6:45 am

equinn wrote:
Pandora wrote:
Thank goodness they saw sense and diagnosed "autism". I think PDD-NOS as a a diagnosis should only be used very occasionally, when there is a clearly atypical presentation that doesn't fit at all with Asperger's, HFA, or any other main autism diagnosis. I also feel it is often used as a bit of a cop-out diagnosis.


What do you mean by "cop out" diagnosis? Just curious.

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It's not specific enough - it isn't so clearly identifiable as Asperger's or HFA or ADHD etc. I would say a person is either autistic or they're not - NOS is too wishy-washy and nondescript.


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