Friday, January 18, 2013

Series on DSM-5 Launched Today; Preorder Your Manual Now


The issue of Psychiatric News posted today launches a series of articles on the major differences between DSM-IV and DSM-5; the series will conclude in May, coinciding with the publication of the manual. Today’s installment consists of two articles that outline the broad concepts that have guided the organization of the text and information on changes impacting the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders. The articles can be accessed here:

"Continuity and Changes Mark New Text"
"DSM-5 Provides New Take on Developmental Disorders"

Also, beginning today, DSM-5 may be preordered from American Psychiatric Publishing; preorders will be fulfilled beginning on the manual’s publication date of May 22. Those attending APA’s 2013 annual meeting, which is being held in San Francisco May 18 to 22, have another purchase option: they will have an exclusive opportunity to buy the manual before it goes on sale to the public. Click here to register for the meeting; early-bird rates are in effect until January 24.

In an interview with Psychiatric News, DSM-5 Task Force Chair David Kupfer, M.D., explained that those overarching conceptual ideas include incorporation of a developmental approach to psychiatric disorders, recognition of the influence of culture and gender on how psychiatric illness presents in individual patients, a move toward the use of dimensional measures to rate severity and disaggregate symptoms that tend to occur across multiple disorders, harmonization of the text with ICD, and integration of genetic and neurobiological findings by grouping clusters of disorders that share genetic or neurobiological substrates.

With regard to the chapter on neurodevelopmental disorders, a major change to the description and organization of criteria for autism and related disorders tops the major revisions clinicians can expect to see. The chapter also includes the addition of a new “social communication disorder,” reorganization of criteria for learning disorders, and changes to the criteria for intellectual disability (known in DSM-IV as mental retardation).

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