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Thursday, 29 July 2010

DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis

From the website:

"Publication of the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 will mark one the most anticipated events in the mental health field. As part of the development process, the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses are now available for public review."

The new broader disorders proposed in the new DSM have got people wondering whether this is just a plow to encourage people to buy medicines from pharmaceutical companies because the DSM says that they have a mental illness.

According to Reuters: - "An updated edition of a mental health bible for doctors may include diagnoses for "disorders" such as toddler tantrums and binge eating."

The question has to be asked: "Would you buy your toddler drugs because they've thrown a tantrum?" Although the answer is obviously (hopefully) 'no,' it is a worry that members of the public may believe that this is best as the 'professionals' say that a temper tantrum is a disorder. This may not necessarily be the case, but it is the question being asked by those in the 'against' group for the DSM V revision.

Another point they bring up is that: "[the dsm v] could devalue the seriousness of mental illness and label almost everyone as having some kind of disorder."
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you - Carl Gustav Jung

In any case, there appears to be a lot of for and against for this revision. I guess we'll just have to see what happens in 2013.

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