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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and offers a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. It is used, or relied upon, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the legal system, and policy makers together with alternatives such as the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, produced by the WHO.

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Asperger's syndrome was dropped as a diagnosis from DSM-5.

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A short discussion about the DSM-V with taskforce member, David Kupfer offering a brief outline of the DSM and explaining why it is so important. Why do we need a book on terms? He explains why it's necessary and how the DSM-V has been developing.

Contributed by Sammo Lea

In part 4, Katharine Phillips continues her discussion of changes, mentioning "promise measures," and disorder-specific severity measures for the various criteria in a disorder. So, instead of someone "having it" or "not having it," they will fall along a range of severity. I think this is good for some reasons, such as people feeling labeled with a disorder and still being functional, but being grouped with others with the same disorder completely off the deep end. However, this severity range might make it even more difficult to gain recognition from insurance companies--a constant battle in psychiatry/psychological practice. Will someone not only have to be schizophrenic, but also schizophrenic ENOUGH? I don't know if that sounds smart.

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Part 3 of Dr. Phillips's presentation on the DSM-V. She continues discussing the rationale for certain disorders being included, including a subtype of body dysmorphic disorder. I'm not sure I like the idea of the PTSD modifier for the stressor list in acute stress disorders, but I don't think it will have any diagnostic harm. In other words, I don't think people will go diagnose crazy like they apparently have with ADHD. She also mentions some disorders, such as binge eating, moving from the appendix to the text of the manual.

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Dr. Phillips continues her lecture with discussing some proposed criteria for disorders and measurements for those disorders. She talks about a website for the DSM-V, which lists revisions and other additional material that will help psychiatrists/psychologists have the information they need to provide their input on this version of the DSM. Again, awesome that they take feedback. I never knew this.

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The first part of a lecture by Katharine Phillips about how she believes the DSM-V could change clinical practice. She begins by discussing the basics of the text and reminding audience members that the DSM-V is not set in stone and that she welcomes feedback right then and there. It's nice to see that offer instead of just "here's what it is, and here's what you'll have to do."

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Professor Terry Bell's slideshow regarding how to use the DSM in general, and how to specifically use the DSM-IV-TR. He starts with a brief history of the DSM to explain that it helps psychologists ensure they are talking about the same thing. Terminology has become so important, and the DSM has made it standard so that someone in California with dissociative identity disorder would also be considered to have that disorder in Pennsylvania.

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