In Defense of the DSM-5

Thursday, May 23, 2013

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

The Wall Street Journal calls it the “Book of Woe” and “A Manual Run Amok.” The Global Mail says it’s “marketing crazy.” And the Psychiatric Times says that with its publication, “no one wins, patients lose.”

The subject of criticism: the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – also known as the DSM-5 – which is raising eyebrows with the additions of new controversial conditions.

Among the most criticized diagnoses in the manual: That grief will no longer exempt someone from a diagnosis of depression and that irritable children who throw frequent temper tantrums can be diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

But the incoming president of the American Psychiatry Association, which revises the DSM, says the criticism is unwarranted. His name is Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, and he's also chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University.


Jeffrey Lieberman, MD

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

Robert D. Stolorow from Santa Monica, CA

The whole DSM enterprise rests on dubious philosophical presuppositions:

May. 29 2013 02:52 PM

Those who are writing negative articles and comments, somehow think that their foolish opinions are better than those experts who have worked tirelessly for years to create the DSM-5. Thank you to the DSM-5 committees for taking us out of the stone ages.

May. 24 2013 12:16 PM

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