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Other Disorders in Which Overdiagnosis Is a Risk 

Other Disorders in Which Overdiagnosis Is a Risk
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Other Disorders in Which Overdiagnosis Is a Risk
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Joel Paris

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199350643.003.0010
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date: 27 May 2022

Other disorders that can suffer from overdiagnosis include autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, and mild neurocognitive disorders. Autism in particular threatens to become a diagnostic epidemic as patients with a wide range of symptoms are seen as falling in the spectrum. While there is no pharmacological treatment for this condition, disability payments can be an issue. Generalized anxiety disorder and mild neurocgnitive disorder are also quite broadly defined in DSM-5.In each case, it can be difficult to distinguish these conditions from other mental disorders or from normality.

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