Fifth edition of the widely used psychiatric manual focuses attention on how mental disorders should be defined
To a cacophony of boos, so-whats and even a few cheers, the American Psychiatric Association released the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, on May 18 at its annual meeting in San Francisco.
Controversy always flares when psychiatrists redefine which forms of human suffering will count as real and reimbursable by medical insurance. This time, though, the stakes are raised by competing efforts to classify mental disorders.
The World Health Organization plans to release a new version of its own system for identifying mental ailments in 2015 as part of the 11th edition