Monday, May 20, 2013

Normal or Not? New Psychiatric Manual Stirs Controversy

In the new psychiatric manual, the DSM-5, irritable children who throw frequent temper tantrums can be diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

 

With the release of the latest edition of the mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), LiveScience takes a close look at some of the disorders it defines. This 10-part series asks the fundamental question: What is normal, and what is not?

As of May 22, many mental disorders will never be the same. The full nature of the changes — some quite controversial —will become apparent with the publication of the latest edition of the mental health manual that classifies these disorders.

This guidebook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is an influential document. By setting forth the criteria used to diagnose disorders, it draws the line between what is normal and what is not. This diagnostic line can have many implications for people’s lives; for instance, a diagnosis based on its criteria can determine whether or not someone qualifies for special education services or disability benefits.

For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/34496-psychiatric-manual-stirs-controversy.html

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