A new head-to-head comparison of screening questionnaires for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) shows a worrying discordance between the previous version of the PTSD definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—fourth edition (DSM-IV) and DSM-5, released in 2013. Show More Summary
Despite the fact that homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) over 40 years ago, it would seem that some doctors are still having trouble letting go. Such was the case with Matthew Moore...
The broad category of hoarding has only recently been recognized as a psychiatric disorder. In 2013, it first made an appearance in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the global reference book of mental health. Show More Summary
Video game addiction has never received an authoritative classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychological Association's criteria-setting publication on all things related to mental illness. Show More Summary
Chief Tango sends a link to the Army Times which reports that the VA admits that they have treated more than 2500 veterans for gender dysphoria, you know that disorder that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders says “that childhood issues may play a role in this disorder” meaning it’s not service-connected. And […]
According to section III of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, video game addiction is approaching legitimacy as a psychological disorder. Although more research is required, the DSM-V states:...Show More Summary
The concept of mild cognitive impairment has been introduced into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition as mild neurocognitive disorder, making it a formal diagnosis.As part of the German Study on Aging,...Show More Summary
Hanna Rosin’s son Jacob was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome four months before it was expunged from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Rosin reflects on what gaining, and subsequently losing, a label for her son’s condition has meant: [A]lmost the minute we got the diagnosis, my resistance to labeling melted, and so did my husband’s. […]
By Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, U.S. Army Best Defense guest columnist Until last year, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders required "actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others" for a diagnosis of PTSD. Show More Summary
I can't seem to find the statistic now, but I once read that only 1 in 10 Americans can drive a manual transmission car these days. That might be accurate, since a stick shift recently stopped not one, not two, but three would-be thieves in Massachusetts. Read more...
What qualifies someone as mentally ill? The standard for diagnosis is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which just released a 5th edition in 2013 - but how objective is it, exactly?This episode of Rationally Speaking features Dr. Show More Summary
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the premiere reference book for psychiatrists and mental health workers. But critics have often called it monstrous, wrong-headed and unscientific. Now, at last, one writer has discovered that it's actually a dystopian scifi novel. Read more...
It looks as if science has finally come up with a way to legitimately brand women as mentally ill. The American Psychiatric Association publishes a handbook called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the most recent its fifth edition. Show More Summary
A paradigm is a way of thinking about things. For the past 60 or so years, our thinking about mental health and illness has been dominated by what can be referred to as the “DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) paradigm.” What this looks like in everyday practice is that when a child [...]
Michael sez, "The American Psychiatric Association recently released a new version of its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual - basically a catalogue of the categories into which they divide suffering.
Many of you probably already know that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was recently updated from version IV to version 5. (That’s not a mistake, the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the DSM, changed from using Roman numerals to using Arabic numerals.) I just discovered a 19-page document online that provides an overview of […]
Two families affected by anorexia and bulimia shed light on the genetic contributors to eating disorders. Eating disorders, which are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5, as a psychiatric illness, tend to run in families, and affect about 1% to 3% of women. Show More Summary
Soon be included in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual: For all that, this is a deeply divided base. Moderates are a quarter of those who identify Republican, and they are very conscious of their discomfort with other parts of...Show More Summary
Binge-eating disorder, designated only months ago by the American Psychiatric Association as a diagnosis in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is associated with substantial lifelong impairments comparable toShow More Summary
Psychiatric diagnosis is badly in need of shaking up, but it didn’t happen in the new DSM-5 launched several months ago. The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual just trims at the edges of the hundreds of diagnoses in this giant colossus while failing to come to grips with the commonest diagnosis in psychiatry: depression. read more