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January 3, 2008

I was basing my original diagnosis on reading the DSM-I:

Autism is only listed with

  1. schizophrenic reaction, childhood type
  2. schizophrenic reaction, paranoid type and
  3. schizoid personality disorder.

Using the DSM-I, I was personally diagnosed with #1 around 1962, was hospitalized, given electroconvulsive treatments, etc. When I chatted with my old child psychiatrist on the phone (the one who diagnosed me), now in his 80s, he said that he would have diagnosed with Asperger’s (and OCD) if I were walking into his office today.

Asperger’s autism was categorized by Hans Asperger, but it did not make it into the DSM until 1994.

To my understanding, he diagnosed me on the basis of what would now be called Asperger’s and OCD.

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