ERIC Number: EJ1004108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Brief Report: An Unusual Manifestation of Diagnostic Overshadowing of Pervasive Developmental Disorder--Not Otherwise Specified--A Five Year Longitudinal Case Study
Meera, S. S.; Kaipa, Ramesh; Thomas, Jaslin; Shivashankar, N.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n6 p1491-1494 Jun 2013
Children with communication disorders present with a range of comorbid conditions. Occasionally one of the comorbid conditions manifests so strongly that the primary condition goes unnoticed by the clinician. This tendency to overlook comorbid health problems in the presence of a disability is referred to as diagnostic overshadowing. This is a five-year follow up case study of a 9-year-old female child. The child was initially diagnosed to have Separation Anxiety Disorder (SAD), but during the course of follow up she began to exhibit features of pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). This case report throws light on the severity of SAD which overshadowed PDD-NOS. Importance of follow-up and the need for a multidisciplinary team to be sensitive to the phenomenon of diagnostic overshadowing is discussed.
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Communication Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Disability Identification, Clinical Diagnosis, Comorbidity, Young Children, Females, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Severity (of Disability)
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