Here is an article on a very hot psychology topic – the revision of the DSM. For psychology students, we know exactly what this is, but for the rest of the world, I’ll break it down. The DSM stands for The Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. It is basically the psychology bible. It helps psychologists diagnose people with specific mental disorders based on a number of characteristics. The current manual is the DSM-5. It has not had a full revision for almost 20 years. The DSM-IV-TR was released in 2000, but before that the DSM-iv was released in 1994. The release of the DSM-5 was highly anticipated, but proved to be fairly disappointing to many psychologists. the topics among these disappoints are the grouping of Autism Spectrum Disorders, the removal of axes for diagnostic coding, the change to ADHD symptom requirements from having to see symptoms before the age of 7 to now seeing symptoms before the age of 12 , the addition of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and the list goes on and on.
In the article linked above called Now You Too Can Be Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, the author Leonard Sax MD, PhD gives his opinion of the requirement change for schizophrenia, more specifically the addition of Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder. There are many opinions on this change. You can decide whether these opinions are valid or not.
My question is, what sort of impact do you think these changes have on the psychologists and patients? What might need to change in order for the psychology community to come to terms with the new revision of the DSM? What happens to the people who were diagnosed with disorders that are no longer in the DSM-5?
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article, questions, or responses do not necessarily reflect my own.