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Encopresis Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Encopresis Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Encopresis symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Encopresis 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 Encopresis symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Encopresis 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 Encopresis

A.      Repeated passage of feces into inappropriate places (e.g., clothing or floor) whether involuntary or intentional.

B.       At least one such event a month for at least 3 months.

C.       Chronological age is at least 4 years (or equivalent developmental level).

D.      The behavior is not due exclusively to the direct physiological effects of a substance     (e.g., laxatives) or a general medical condition except through a mechanism involving constipation.

Code as follows: 

787.6  With Constipation and Overflow Incontinence

307.7  Without Constipation and Overflow Incontinence

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

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