Will DSM changes lead to more diagnosis of mental illness?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Will DSM changes lead to more diagnosis of mental illness?
Sun, 06-16-2013 - 9:32am

According to Health Day News, the new changes to the DSM are causing quite an uproar. "As the American Psychiatric Association unveiled last week the latest edition of what is considered the "bible" of modern psychiatry, the uproar over its many changes continues.

"This is unprecedented, the amount of commentary and debate and criticism," said Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, president-elect of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). "It's been an interesting phenomenon, but the evidence is what it is. You have to evaluate it and then make your own determination of how compelling it is, and what would be best clinical practice."

The APA believes that changes made in this fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM-5) will allow for more precise diagnoses of mental illnesses in patients, because this edition better characterizes and categorizes disorders." Read More

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I will read more into this then comment.  I was wondering when the new DSM was coming out, thanks for sharing, Karla!  Would you please post this same thread on the Depression board?