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Infantile Autism

February 15, 2008

295.8* Schizophrenia, childhood type*
This category is for cases in which schizophrenic symptoms appear before puberty. The condition may be manifested by autistic, atypical, and withdrawn behavior; failure to develop identity separate from the mother’s; and general unevenness, gross immaturity and inadequacy in development. These developmental defects may result in mental retardation, which should also be diagnosed.

Under the DSM-II, “infantile” autism (including what we now call Asperger’s) was considered a symptom of childhood schizophrenia.

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