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Stereotypic Movement Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Stereotypic Movement Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Stereotypic Movement Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Stereotypic Movement Disorder 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 Stereotypic Movement Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Stereotypic Movement Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 307.3 Stereotypic Movement Disorder 

A.  Repetitive, seemingly driven, and nonfunctional motor behavior (e.g., hand shaking or waving, body rocking, head banging, mouthing of objects, self-biting, picking at skin or bodily orifices, hitting own body).

B.  The behavior markedly interferes with normal activities or results in self-inflicted bodily injury that requires medical treatment (or would result in an injury if preventive measures were not used).

C.  If Mental Retardation is present, the stereotypic or self-injurious behavior is of sufficient severity to become a focus of treatment.

D.  The behavior is not better accounted for by a compulsion (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), a tic (as in Tic Disorder), a stereotypy that is part of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder, or hair pulling (as in Trichotillomania).

E.  The behavior is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or a general medical condition.

F.  The behavior persists for four weeks or longer.

Specify if: 

With Self- Injurious Behavior: if the behavior results in bodily damage that requires specific treatment (or that would result in bodily damage if protective measures were not used)

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

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