supernurse11
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Is autism a mental illness?

I have read numerous conflicting traits with autism. Some say it is a mental illness because it is in the DSM, I read material that says it is a neurobiological disorder.
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Dec 22, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk,

NO, Autism is NOT a mental illness. Autism is a developmental disorder to which the cause remains mainly a mystery.

For more information please go to www.AutismSpeaks.org

Thank you.

Louise Sattler, NCSP

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