Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Encopresis Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
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
passage of feces into inappropriate places (e.g., clothing or
floor) whether involuntary or intentional.
least one such event a month for at least 3 months.
Chronological age is at least 4 years (or equivalent developmental
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.
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
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria
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