The Abstract – NIMH “throws shade” on APA weeks before new DSM

Only a few weeks ago, blogs were heralding the impending arrival of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which provides standard language and criteria for mental illnesses and is currently used as the gold standard for psychiatric diagnoses.  The DSM-V is scheduled to be released by the American Psychiatry Association on May 22nd, with some pretty interesting changes.  This edition will include binge-eating, hypersexuality, and hoarding as new disorders, and Asperger’s Syndrome will be dropped as a diagnosis.  Some herald the DSM-V as the newest “bible” of psychiatry. At the National Institute of Mental Health (US), it will likely be used as a paperweight.

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