Q & A – What is in the new DSM?

The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition), which is the most recent version of the manual, was published in 2013 and introduced several new diagnostic categories and changes from the previous version, DSM-IV-TR.

Some of the significant changes and additions in DSM-5 include:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – This category combines four previously distinct diagnoses (autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) into a single diagnostic category.
  2. Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder – This new disorder was added to describe severe and recurrent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with developmental level and occur frequently.
  3. Binge Eating Disorder – This disorder was elevated from a provisional diagnosis in DSM-IV-TR to a full diagnostic category in DSM-5, reflecting the growing recognition of its clinical significance.
  4. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders – This new category includes disorders that were previously classified under anxiety disorders in DSM-IV-TR, such as hoarding disorder, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), and excoriation (skin-picking) disorder.
  5. Cultural Formulation Interview – This new section in DSM-5 provides a structured way for clinicians to consider cultural factors that may impact diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.

It’s worth noting that the DSM-5 represents a significant departure from previous versions of the manual, particularly in its approach to diagnostic categories and its emphasis on dimensional assessment rather than categorical diagnosis.

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

Leave a Reply, All comments will be moderated - Many thanks for your contribution

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.