Changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5

Sep 25

Many of you probably already know that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was recently updated from version IV to version 5. (That’s not a mistake, the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the DSM, changed from using Roman numerals to using Arabic numerals.)

I just discovered a 19-page document online that provides an overview of the changes from DSM-IV to DSM-5:

Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5

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DSM-5 Family-to-Family

Sep 18

In NAMI Family-to-Family Class 2, we mention DSM-IV, the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In May, 2013, the fifth edition was published and is referred to as DSM-5 (they’re not using Roman numerals anymore).

You can’t find DSM-5 online, although you can visit to find out more about it. I’d order a copy for the group, but I don’t have $80 to spare right now. I may try to get the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to donate a copy or get our library to order it. Also available (for about $40) is a pocket edition, which would probably be less cumbersome.

Personally, I like the International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10) better.

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DSM-5 Not Much Different from DSM-IV?

May 17

One of our support group members discovered an interesting article by Jon Hamilton of NPR entitled “Why Is Psychiatry’s New Manual So Much Like The Old One?” Click the link to listen to the story or read the article.

Our member found it “a bit discouraging that psychology profession is still relying on outward Q&A for diagnostic purposes.”

DSM is short for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. The rest of the world uses the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders.The creators of both classification systems work closely together, so fundamentally the two systems should be pretty much the same, but there are some key differences. You can check out the ICD-10 PDF online.

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