On April 29, 2013 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announced that it will be re-orienting its research away from the DSM. The NIMH has been working on a Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project to transform diagnosis towards a medical model that is not constrained by DSM symptoms.
|Why is this a hot topic?|
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), is designed to classify mental disorders by providing symptoms, descriptions, and other criteria. Changes in the DSM can impact federally mandated services and what is covered by health care insurance. The DSM-5, will be released in May 2013.
|Examples of conditions impacted by DSM-5|
|Elimination of Asperger's and change to Austim Spectrum Disorder
|Elimination of Gender Identity Disorder and change to Gender
|Elimination of bereavement (grief) exclusion to diagnosis of Major Depression Disorder|
|For More In-Depth Research: Scholarly Research Underlying the DSM-5|
|A bibliography of over 220 peer-reviewed journal articles from DSM-5 Development are posted on the official DSM-5 site. These publications were developed during the DSM-5 planning conference series and from DSM-5 Task Force and Work Group discussions and discuss the research and thinking behind the new DSM.|
|A bibliography of DSM-5 Research Planning Conference Summaries and Monographs is also posted on the site. It includes 13 conference books, 13 conference summaries, and 3 related APA books.|
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