The world's changed a lot since 1994, and some of the signs of modern times -- obesity, Internet addiction - may find their way into the book that describes -- and guides diagnosis of -- psychiatric disorders. The latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, better known as DSM-V, will be landing with a massive thunk on physicians' and researchers' desktops in 2012, but until then, the American Psychiatric Association still has a lot of work to do in determining how the guide will be updated, the L.A. Times reports.
There are high stakes here - a DSM-sanctioned diagnosis can make a huge difference in treatment, insurance coverage, and perception of a disorder. But these are not easy decisions to make: "Some psychiatrists warn that the tome runs the risk of medicalizing the normal range of human behaviors; others vehemently argue that it must be broad enough to guide treatment of those who need it." Homosexuality was listed as a disorder in the second edition; one of the issues that has been discussed for the fifth edition is whether bitterness could be considered a mental disorder.
Since the last edition, researchers have developed a better understanding of the biological and genetic components of disorders. The new edition also is intended to describe people who suffer multiple disorders -- or symptoms of multiple disorders. As in many other areas of medicine, the issue of pharmaceutical industry influence has raised its head, with some doctors concerned that the DSM-V could pave the way for more drug therapies.
[Via the L.A. Times]
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As the American Psychiatric Association looks for new an innovative ways to stay alive and brand more things as 'mental illness' their book gets bigger and the drug companies smile and laugh all the way to the bank.
Maybe they'll do us all a favor and label psychiatric psychobabble as a symptom of a new trendy mental illness.
Nobs is right as they basically made mothers an mental illness as they said anyone caring more about other than themselves was ill.
And there is a much wider range of sane than they say but that would cut into their money/gravy train.