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Sensory Processing Disorder

November 5, 2007

I recently came across the following self-test (questionaire):

http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm

(I scored a 19 on it.)

The test is based on the book, The Highly Sensitive Person, which apparently tries to put an upbeat face on what occupational therapists refer to as sensory processing disorder (SPD). However, the American Psychiatric Association does not include SPD in the DSM-IV-TR and, from what I have read, they are unlikely to include it (at least as a primary condition) in the DSM-V.

Aside from the questionaire itself, it appears to me, though I am not a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, that SPD is basically one of the faces of Asperger’s syndrome.

SPD is not accepted as a separate disorder in the DSM-IV-TR.

This is from Wikipedia:

While it has not yet been included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as a discrete diagnosis, Regulatory-Sensory Processing Disorder is an accepted diagnosis in Stanley Greenspan’s Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early Childhood and the Zero to Three’s Diagnostic Classification. There is no known cure; however, there are many treatments available.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_processing_disorder

Of course, those other classification schemes are not widely used.

From what I have read, there are some people who are pushing to have SPD listed in the DSM-V as a primary disorder. However, the APA is demanding solid field testing, and, so far, the skepticism continues.

At least in the U.S., the only people who can officially diagnose individuals with SPD are occupational therapists. It is kind of “their baby.”

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