Please Explain: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

Friday, June 07, 2013

The America Psychiatric Association’s newly updated and revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the result of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international mental health experts. The DSM is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. Dr. Michael First, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and Research Psychiatrist at the Biometrics Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, explains how clinicians use the DSM, how it’s put together, and why this edition has been controversial.


Dr. Michael First

Comments [3]

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Dr. First's chairman on the DSM IV, Dr. Alan Frances has warned us for the last 3years about the DSM's responsibility for diagnostic inflation. Categories like ADHD and Childhood Bi-Polar lead to wildly inflated numbers of diagnoses and drug use which is very unsafe for children.

Jun. 07 2013 01:59 PM
cathy from NYC

Is the speaker familiar with "Shadow Syndrome" (Ritay & E.Hallowell"

I believe it is considered a new term, which seems to describe a "mild type of major depressive disorder(s)" which often manifests itself as frequently includes OCD, ADHD, anxiety, clnical depression, etc." It seems to recognize that the interplay of these sub-catgories is worthy of further study and is treatable.


Jun. 07 2013 01:39 PM
Larry from Brooklyn

The DSM is basically a medical book used for making diagnoses. All medical books get revised from time to time based on science and medical practice. What's the big deal? We continue to act as if psychiatric disorders are fundamentally different from other medical conditions and we should stop.

Jun. 07 2013 01:30 PM

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