Mathematical ability, as measured by individually administered standardized tests, is substantially below that expected given the person’s chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.
The disturbance significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require mathematical ability.
If a sensory deficit is present, the difficulties in mathematical ability are in excess of those usually associated with it.
This disorder has been reclassified and altered in the updated 2013 DSM-5 (e.g., now combined with other disorders associated with academic deficits); the old DSM-IV criteria above remain here for historical/informational purposes only. See updated DSM-5 Specific Learning Disorder criteria here.
Psych Central. (2014). Mathematics Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 27, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/mathematics-disorder-symptoms/
Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 May 2014
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