Diving straight into the controversial nature of this topic, perhaps the title should have been: Is Borderline Autism a Real Diagnosis? The term borderline autism probably exists because autism is difficult to diagnose—much of the challenge lies in the fact that autism is a spectrum disorder. The spectrum is wide, and the borders create as much trouble as they do in geography.
Dr. Robert Dudas may have spoken to the essence of this controversial topic when he said: “Nobody meets a textbook definition of a condition.” He said this when discussing observations regarding a study about the overlap between austistic spectrum conditions and borderline personality disorder (Dudas et al., 2017). Indeed nobody…especially when it comes to autism where the spectrum is so broad.
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