New DSM Code Should Benefit Clinicians, Researchers

Individuals affected by prenatal alcohol exposure finally have a diagnostic code in DSM 5, “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.

“We were pleased that DSM-5 introduced neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure (ND-PAE) in the category “Specified Other Neurodevelopmental Disorder” (315.8).”

“[…] we believe that by further defining ND-PAE as a neurodevelopmental disorder with its own diagnostic code, psychiatrists, epidemiologists, managed care organizations, and other systems of care will be able to quantify the numbers of affected individuals, develop standardized treatment protocols, and target primary-prevention strategies for this tragic and preventable condition.”


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