New Psychiatry 'Bible' Under Fire
Critics say it's too broad, confusing
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A new edition of the manual doctors use to diagnose mental illness, the DSM, has just been released by the American Psychiatric Association—but it has already been stirring up controversy for months, reports CBS. Most critically, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health has spoken out against DSM-5, saying its definitions are too broad and lack scientific validity, the New York Times reports. "As long as the research community takes the DSM to be a bible, we’ll never make progress," he said. "People think that everything has to match DSM criteria, but you know what? Biology never read that book."

Among other changes, the new DSM-5 has encompassed four previously separate disorders under the blanket "autism spectrum disorder." Another change: previously, those grieving for a lost love one couldn't be diagnosed with depression within two months of the death. Now bereavement is actually classed as a trigger. (PsychCentral has a thorough rundown of all the changes.) John Hopkins psychiatry professor Paul McHugh has also criticized the new manual in the Washington Post, saying it encourages doctors to rely on check-lists rather than getting to know their patients. "DSM-5 will be more of the same—a way to 'know of' disorders without 'knowing about' them," he writes.

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Chatsworth
May 20, 2013 4:36 PM CDT
I'm glad I'm crazy.Conformity makes me want to kill myself.
JERZJOE
May 19, 2013 7:51 PM CDT
JUST REMEMBER THE MOVIE "THX1138"!! SEE IT!! AND YOU'LL KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!!
sobe
May 19, 2013 8:02 AM CDT
This is all about prescription drug mills. Doctors who need slack regulations to prescribe medicines that the person doesn't need but becomes dependent on the drug for life. ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, anxiety.. all medical conditions that have loose definitions left up to interpretation, but whose medicine to counteract it is a dangerous addictive drug, an unnecessary drug that does more harm than good. ADHD is a made-up condition. And medicine for depression only makes people dependent on the medicine. If they ever stop taking the medicine, not only does their depression return, but they also feel suicidal. It makes them worse. All of these drugs make them worse once the medicine is stopped.