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This guidance is focused on standards of care
for adults who do not have a general intellectual disability,
people identified by terms such as ‘high-functioning autism’ and
‘Asperger syndrome’. It is their needs and difficulties that this
report addresses and it is written primarily for psychiatrists
other than those in the specialties of intellectual disability and
child and adolescent psychiatry.
The presentation of someone with autism and
the resources they require will be influenced by the setting in
which they find themselves as well as by the presence of any
comorbid disorder. While it may be the latter that leads to the
referral to psychiatry, its management will be influenced by the
presence of autism.
A number of substantial changes have been
introduced with DSM-5 and these are discussed in the report.
Please note, this report replaces CR136.
Psychiatric services for adolescents and adults with Asperger
syndrome and other autistic-spectrum disorders (from year
- Working group
- Executive summary
- Purpose of this report
- Recognition, diagnosis and assessment
- Legal aspects of psychiatry
- Appendix: Instruments for identifying autism