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 DSM-5.org 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. ICD-10 is developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and seems to me to be more straightforward and easier to understand. It presents everything in bite-sized chunks, lots of white space. From what I’ve read, the DSM and ICD are developed in tandem, so there’s not supposed to be a big difference between the two in any fundamental way, but some of the classifications of bipolar are a little different (and I think more practical).

You can view ICD-10, Chapter V, Mental and Behavioural Disorders for free online. ICD-10 lists a host of illnesses. Chapter V focuses on psychiatric disorders. WHO is working on ICD-11, but nothing I can dig up on ICD-11 mental and behavioral disorders is very enlightening.

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