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.