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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  1. Ellen /

    June 3, 2013 Time magazine has a succinct two-page article re: DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Couldn’t copy link, so here’s a sample quote: “…advances in brainscanning as well as other breakthroughs, have led some experts to believe [DMS manual] should be expanded to include more genetic and biological factors…. Well, duh!

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