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Several weeks ago, I was reminded that the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was to be released May 2013. This manual supersedes the DSM-IV. Well, it has come out.

The official website, intended for mental health professionals, is at:
http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx

For general information about the changes in lay terms for the rest of us:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-5

By some online discussions over the last several years, this update is both overdue and controversial. I am uncertain what real impact this will have on many of us with current diagnoses since I don't have any formal education and training in the field though I have a lot of experience as a patient. *grins*

Not sure if anyone here is interested in these reference manuals, but just thought I'd put it out here.

Lois Carmen D.
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The biggest controversy over the new DSM V is that the direct National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announced that NIMH won't use the DSM any more.

NIMH funds research, they don't deal with patients directly. But now they will use their own Research Domain Criteria. The director says that the DSM is "symptom based" and that is no longer acceptable science. The Research Domain Criteria will use "emerging science" instead of the DSM to classify illnesses.

Except, of course, that there aren't any definitive test procedures for mental illnesses yet.

NAMI and the APA will still use the DSM.

Ishtar
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Hello Ishtar!

How are you doing? Good to see you and thanks for the information.

I haven't been active in a lot of news and research in a long time though I don't have much capacity to digest most of the information I do follow.

Lois Carmen D.
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One of my grandsons has Aspergers syndrome, and I have been reading a lot about autism. I just finished reading "The autistic brain : thinking across the spectrum" by Temple Grandin.

In this book, the author discusses problems in diagnosing mental illness, and is also highly critical of DMV-5. She agrees that diagnoses should be based on science, not symptoms. There has been much research lately that autism in particular appears to be more of a neurological issue that a mental illness.

This is one awesome lady, in my book.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin
http://templegrandin.com/

Peg
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