Recommendations released for DSM-5

The NY Times reports today on the proposed draft revisions for the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It’s a short read, and highlights several debates over the working of the mind the resolution of which will bring some pretty important consequences. In the article, Columbia University psychiatry professor Dr. Michael First explains why:

“Anything you put in that book, any little change you make, has huge implications not only for psychiatry but for pharmaceutical marketing, research, for the legal system, for who’s considered to be normal or not, for who’s considered disabled… And it has huge implications for stigma… because the more disorders you put in, the more people get labels, and the higher the risk that some get inappropriate treatment.”

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One Response to Recommendations released for DSM-5

  1. […] madness: the Controlled Substances Act & DSM-V As I posted last week, the American Psychiatry Association working group just released their recommendations […]

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