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BARROSO, Suzana Faleiro. Autism as in psychoanalysis: from the classic to the contemporary conception . Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.3, pp. 1231-1247. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article addresses the diversity of the field of knowledge on autism at different times and discusses the epistemological bases that guide the notions of spectrum and autistic structure, derived from the discourse of science and from the Lacan-oriented psychoanalysis, respectively. It spots the historical trajectory of the notion of autism since its foundation in the field of classical psychopathology and its evolution according to a psychodynamic approach, together with post-Freudian analysts. It identifies autism in different versions of the DSM, in which it is reduced to a deficit in neurodevelopment. It examines the hypothesis of autism as a clinical structure and discusses some aspects of its distinction in relation to psychosis. It demonstrates the commitment of research and the application of psychoanalysis to autism, since the fifties, emphasizing its theoretical, ethical and clinical aspects.

Keywords : Autism; Psychopathology; Diagnostic classifications; Spectrum; Clinical structure.

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