Posts Tagged ‘DSM-V’

By On May 27th, 2013

Change In Treatment Of Grief Sparks Debate

Experts in the field of mental health are currently at-odds over a recent change that will, at one time or another, affect all of us. With the release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, grief can be treated as major depressive disorder only two-weeks after the death of…


By On April 26th, 2013

Social Environment Especially Important Now

With recent events such as the bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon shake the foundation of safety we might have felt in our society, the connection between mental health and social issues would seem obvious.  In addition to this type of tragedy, we are all dealing with the effects of an economic crisis that…


By On March 7th, 2013

Somatic Symptom Disorder’s Over-Expansion

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, is due out in May and as I’ve already written in this space several times, it has more than its share of critics voicing opposition to some of the proposed changes. Sharon Kirkey of Postmedia News points to one specific problem,…


By On January 22nd, 2013

Social Communication Disorder New to DSM-V

The newest version of the diagnostic manual from the American Psychiatric Association will be released in May of this year.  There are several big changes across several categories of mental disorders.  One of the disorders that will be affected is related to autism.  In the current version of the diagnostic manual, there are four autism-spectrum…


By On January 16th, 2013

DSM-5’s Stance On Grief Has Experts Speaking Out

The American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 will be finalized by the end of this month, but there are still some details of it that experts have challenged. The decision to consider grief as the same thing as clinical depression is one that has met major opposition. Many experts have already spoken out against this decision, which…


By On December 13th, 2012

“Binge Eating to have New Diagnosis in DSM-V”

Binge eating is the most common eating disorder in the United States affecting approximately 3.5% of women and 2% of men.  Binge eating affects more men than other types of eating disorders.  The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) includes the criteria for binge eating under the diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not…

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