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 Disorder of Written Expression  Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Disorder of Written Expression Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Disorder of Written Expression symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Disorder of Written Expression symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Disorder of Written Expression symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Disorder of Written Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.


Diagnostic criteria for 315.2 Disorder of Written Expression

A. Writing skills, as measured by individually administered standardized tests (or functional assessments of writing skills). are substantially below those expected given the person's chronological age. measured intelli­gence. and age-appropriate education.

B. The disturbance in Criterion A significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require the composition of written texts (e.g.. writing grammatically correct sentences and organ­ized paragraphs).

C. If a sensory deficit is present, the difficulties in writing skills are in excess of those usually associated with it. 

Coding note: if a general medical (e.g., neurological) condition or sensory deficit is present, code the condition on Axis III.

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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