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New Version of DSM To Be Voted on This Weekend

By November 30, 2012

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The American Psychiatric Association (APA) board of trustees meet Saturday to vote on a controversial new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, also called the DSM or "the psychiatrists' bible."

The manual defines all mental disorders and plays a significant role in how different disorders are to be managed, including drug treatments.

The APA has been mum about changes in DSM-5 but professional debates over the past few years give us an inkling of changes that may-- or may not - be in the next edition:

Designation of shyness as "Social Phobia."

Elimination of the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.

Inclusion of a new diagnosis: "Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder," a childhood rage disorder.

Downgrading the sadness after the loss of a loved one from Major Depressive Disorder to normal grieving.

The DSM-5 draft received nearly 15,000 responses from clinicians and 2,300 comments during its public comment period.


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