DSM IV

DSM IV

Abbrev. for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth edition of May 1994. An attempt by the American Psychiatric Association to formalize and regularize psychiatric terminology and to provide clear descriptions of the various psychiatric entities. The bible of American psychiatrists, occasionally also consulted by the British. Studies are currently under way for the preparation of DSM-V.
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This changed dramatically with the publication in 1994 of DSM IV (the manual of psychiatric diagnosis widely used around the world).
Before DSM IV, autism was among the most narrowly and clearly defined of disorders.
Once rare and unmistakable, the term is now used loosely to describe people who do not really satisfy the narrow criteria intended for it by DSM IV.
A more plausible scenario is that DSM IV gave autism purchase by introducing a milder form that is close to the extremely populous boundary of normality.
It is in an appendix, so it is not fully accepted, but the fact that it is included in DSM IV lends it some legitimacy.
Randomized patients reported greater than or equal to 3 months of DSM IV primary insomnia, greater than or equal to 60 minutes of Wake Time During Sleep (WTDS) and greater than or equal to 10 minutes of Latency to Persistent Sleep (LPS) confirmed by screening polysomnography (PSG).