Numerous people across the autism community have voiced grave concerns about the proposed definition of autism (i.e., ASD) that is included in the current draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). An article published in MedlinePlus reports on concerns raised by numerous stakeholders about changes in the definition of depression. It is important to highlight that these concerns are voiced by prominent medical professionals and aligning with these individuals as well as others who have concerns over the proposed draft of the DSM may prove to be the most effect way in preventing the negative impact that the new DSM may have if published in its current form.

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