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Often there is confusion concerning PDD-NOS and McDD. In some locations the diagnose for McDD is made more often than somewhere else.
It seems though that there is an important difference between these two disorders and therefore it is also important to know that parents and teachers as well, need different information in such a case.
McDD has characteristics like seen in autism, but also characteristics that are seen in anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.
Although it is considered to be an autistic-like disorder or PDD-NOS, with McDD'ers it is not a social problem that is on the foreground but problems with the regulation of emotions and thoughts.
People with PDD-NOS are in comparison with McDD-people reasonable predictable. In PDD-NOS, the violent reacting is better to foresee and to prevent because often it has something to do with a change in routine and habits. If you know how those people think, often you can recognise the reason. They also calm down quickly.
With McDD'ers the behaviour is much more extreme. It is a lot harder to predict when they are going to break loose and to calm them down, don't even mind about prevention. Anxiety and anger are the big problem in the behaviour with McDD-people. They have absolutely no control about the regulation of these emotions. Only soothing will not help and if you keep questioning can even make things worse. They need to be kept in reality as much as possible.

McDD'ers differ from autistic types in this matter that they are more aggressive, have more anxiety, are more psychotic in thinking, are more suspicious and show more weird interactions, while people with autism are more disturbed in their social interaction and communication and are also more stereotyped and rigid in their behaviour.

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