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New Mental Disorders Added to DSM-5 for Next Year

By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter
 
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Skin-picking disorder, hoarding disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder are just a few of the new mental disorders that will be added to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) next year.

The DSM is the manual that mental health professionals use to diagnose specific mental health disorders.

The American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees approved the final revisions to the new DSM on Dec. 1, 2012, and the new manual will be released in the spring of 2013, according to a press release from the APA.

One of the major changes to the DSM that has been causing a widespread discussion is the newly named “autism spectrum disorder.” In the current DSM-IV-TR, there are separate diagnoses of autistic disorder and Asperger’s disorder.

William Shryer, a licensed clinical social worker, said that many people are concerned that Asperger’s disorder will no longer be covered by insurance companies, so many former patients will suffer. However, he states that there is no real reason to believe this, and most likely health insurers will use the already existing code.

Dr. John Oldham, senior vice president and chief of staff at The Menninger Clinic, contributed to changes in the DSM and is a past president of the APA.

He said in an email that the goal of the new edition of the DSM is to lead to more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatment for psychiatric disorders.

Although the changes might make a big impact for some patients, for mental health professionals it could be business as usual.

“For very competent clinicians, the changes really mean nothing as this is more for insurance companies than the folks in the trenches doing the work,” Shryer said. “We shouldn't be treating labels but concerns and symptoms in the patients we see.”

Most of the revisions to the DSM could affect both men and women equally, but one change could solely impact women. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) will now be in Section 2 instead of the appendix, which makes it an official coded diagnosis, Oldham said.

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This is the first article I have read about the DSM changes that address them in a civilized manner. I applaud you for not falling into the trap many journalists have falling into just to get a click on their page. Not only did this article present facts instead of made-up 'facts' to support the writer's opinion, it addresses the real importance of what the goal mental health professionals have:

“For very competent clinicians, the changes really mean nothing as this is more for insurance companies than the folks in the trenches doing the work,” Shryer said. “We shouldn't be treating labels but concerns and symptoms in the patients we see.”

Many articles have come out scrutinizing the new DSM and those articles are the ones written by people who do not understand the severity of the new illnesses interjected. As a sufferer of the skin picking disorder, it has been a victory to finally have a severe problem addressed in the diagnostic manual because it opens up funding for research to learn about more effective treatment methods. It also raises the awareness and allows sufferers to admit this without as much shame to their therapists.

Again, bravo and I will share this link tomorrow on my Facebook Fan page to give hope to sufferers that there are articles that do not mock the inclusion of these very real disorders.

Sincerely,
Angela Hartlin
www.skinpickingsupport.com

December 6, 2012 - 10:39pm
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