of Written Expression Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis
Written Expression Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:
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
A. Writing skills, as measured by individually administered standardized
functional assessments of writing skills). are substantially below
those expected given the person's
chronological age. measured intelligence. and age-appropriate education.
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
C. If a sensory deficit is present, the difficulties in writing skills are in
of those usually associated with it.
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
Other Mental Health
Diagnostic Symptoms and Criteria
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