Proposed Changes For New Edition of DSM

Thursday, February 11, 2010

DSM-IV-TR (flickr user richardmasoner/flickr)

The American Psychiatric Association started a two year negotiation process Tuesday, as it heard proposals for the fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Columbia psychiatry professor Michael First edited the manual's fourth edition and he is critical of some of the proposals.

We hear about the proposals and why Dr. First is against some of them. One proposed change is to the characterization of bipolar disorder in children. Susan Resko is the mother of a bipolar child and the executive director of the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, and she shares with us how such a change will affect children diagnosed as bipolar.


Dr. Michael First and Susan Resko

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

donna from New York

Temper dysregulation is a terrible name. The word Temper is stigmatizing. Mood dysregulation or mood dysphoria would be much less of a weight for a child to carry. To say "temper" implies tantrums...

Apr. 21 2010 09:41 PM
steven n. opelc from augusta, ga

They should come up with some more positive sounding/clearer terms for psychiatric illnesses....


bi polar disorder = emotionally enhanced

Feb. 12 2010 09:42 AM

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