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First Revision of DSM in 20 Years To Be Released Next Week

Last revised in the 90s, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), also called the psychiatrist’s “bible”, has been revised and will be released by the American Psychiatric Association on May 22. An article in The Washington Post reports that the DSM-V attempts to eliminate problems that occurred with the older versions such as many patients being given the diagnosis of “not otherwise specified” due to lack of understanding of mental conditions. One expert explains the DSM-V includes about 157 specific mental disorders, 15 are new, and 2 were deleted. “In addition, the task force took 50 existing diagnoses and collapsed them into 22. Total, there are actually fewer diagnoses than there were in the DSM-IV … But there is an enormous amount of movement.”

Read it in The Washington Post.