A Different Opinion on Adding an ICD-9 Code for Wandering

Last week I discussed a new petition by the Autism Research Institute supporting the inclusion of an ICD-9 diagnostic code for wandering behavior. As a parent of two children who are prone to wander, my immediate thought was, “hey, this is a good idea.”

However, today I came across a video by thautcast on YouTube that provides a different outlook on adding the wandering code. In the video, the author describes his experience with a diagnosis (of any type) leading to the individual being ignored. The video is about eight minutes long but I highly recommend that you listen to it all as he does provide some good insights into the possible downsides of a separate diagnostic code for wandering.

What do you think?

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