Question of the Week: Will the New DSM Eliminate "Normal"?

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is the standard reference and diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. It is used by psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals around the world.

     

    Currently, the DSM-IV (TR), or fourth edition is used and the fifth edition is due out in 2013. According to some mental health professionals, the next edition will include additional mental health diagnoses including:

    • Temper dysregulation disorder
    • Psychosis risk syndrome

     

    According to an opinion I read this morning on MSN.com, we are slowly eliminating "normal" and giving disorder or syndrome names to every behavior that deviates from average behavior.

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    The experts who disagreed with the expanded diagnosis gave examples of the broader definitions of bipolar disorder, ADHD and autism in the last revision, saying, "it contributed to three epidemics of these conditions, especially in the United States."

     

    My question is: Do you think revising and incorporating new mental health diagnosis is useful? Are we eliminating "normal"?

     

     

Published On: July 27, 2010