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DC:0–5™: A Briefing Paper on Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood

Download Files Aug 2, 2017

Over the last few decades, much progress has been made to describe and categorize mental health disorders specific to infants and toddlers.

Infants and toddlers can have mental health and developmental disorders that affect development. These include disorders that are specific to that stage of development (e.g., Excessive Crying Disorder) as well as general disorders that manifest themselves in particular ways in the infant-toddler population (e.g., Social Phobia and Autism Spectrum Disorder). However, these disorders—if properly identified using diagnostic criteria relevant to infant and early childhood development and experiences—can be effectively treated.