ISDs – know the signs

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Ed note: The following is a spoof based on the DSM’s diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) 1 provides standardized criteria to help diagnose ISDs (Ignorance Spectrum Disorders).

Diagnostic Criteria for 608.00 Ignorance Spectrum Disorder as related to Autism Spectrum Disorder, among others:

Six or more items from (1), (2), and (3), with at least two from (1), and one each from (2) and (3):

Qualitative impairment in perception of others who present with differences as sentient, intelligent, capable human beings as manifested by at least two of the following:

  • marked impairment in ability to overcome belief that nonverbal people (or people who struggle to communicate verbally) have nothing to say and / or no understanding of spoken language
  • failure to get past assuming that verbal language is the only language with meaning and purpose
  • a lack of spontaneous…

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