DSM-V Draft Released

February 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm 2 comments

A draft of the DSM-V has been released and is open to public comment. That’s news to me. I have yet to review any of it first hand but thought I’d put this out there to for anyone with the time and interest to take a look at it. There are some big changes in the works. While it’s not without its flaws, some of the more ludicrous attempts at creating new disorders have actually not made it into the draft and other labels are being revised. I may not have a chance to check it out and weigh in today but I’m definitely concerned with the implications that psychosis risk syndrome might carry. Think of how quickly you can lose your rights over a label. Putting a label aside for risks of symptoms is going to get messy. All things considered it is just a draft and the final isn’t due until 2013 so there’s still plenty of time for the wind to blow this thing in any direction. If nothing else, it’s a glimpse into the process, showing it is very much based on opinion and deliberation not objective medical discovery.

Here is a quick overview from MedPage Today and a few thoughts on it from Philip Dawdy at Furious Seasons and a brief breakdown at Beyond Meds with links to articles of interest to people following particular issues.


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  • 1. Marian  |  February 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I had a look at this “psychosis risk syndrome”-monstrosity earlier today: “Distress/Disability/Treatment seeking: symptoms are sufficiently distressing and/or disabling to the patient and/or others to lead to help-seeking”

    Confirms once again my theory that you’re “mentally ill” when you go and ask to get labelled “mentally ill”. Messy, to say the least, yeah. And one step closer to a Brave New World. For, who’d not at one or the other point in their life fit the criteria? For instance, I know a lot of people who present with “disorganized speech” every morning, before they had their first cup of coffee…

    2013 – I truly hope, the Mayans were right!

  • 2. abellve  |  February 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yeah, I knew “messy” was a huge understatement as soon as it left my fingertips. With all of the talk of subsyndromal disorders and risk syndromes on the table, we are in an unprecedented position to hand over huge amounts of autonomy and thank them for relieving us of the burden.



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