Responding to a suggestion from one of our members (thanks Candida) I thought I would bring the whole subject of the DSM-5 up for discussion by our members.
Now being someone who lives in Ireland but who is by nationality English and being from a military family the collective initials DSM speaks to me of the Distinguished Service Medal, awarded for meritorious service to military personnel in the UK and by other countries (USA, Australia, Ireland, Mexico etc) to their military personnel.
But no, this being a mental health blog, the collective initials ‘DSM’ in this context is one used by the ‘American Psychiatric Association’ (APA) referring to their ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ and the ‘-5’ part refers to the soon to be published and highly observed, discussed and anticipated 5th edition of this publication.
A publication which is claimed will happen in May 2013 and which is heralded by the APA as marking “one the most anticipated events in the mental health field.” 1
The APA has now made the DSM-5 or at least the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic criteria for psychiatric diagnoses available for public review as part of the development process and it can be found here.
What I would very much like to know from members, and anyone else reading this blog, is…
- Are you aware of the DSM-5?
- What have you personally heard?
- Have you written about this on your own personal blog? And if so would you be willing to comment below with link and allow me to reblog that piece here?
- What if any was your opinion of the previous edition of the DSM what, if any, gaping holes or gray areas did you notice in it which you would like to see addressed in this next edition the DSM-5?
- What is your personal opinion of the forthcoming DSM-5 or its development process? (I understand that it is currently being trialed). And, very importantly, are those your opinions as a mental health client, a mental health practitioner or someone else?
Whatever you have heard, or not heard, for that matter how about sharing your opinions, knowledge or position on this (what is I am sure going to prove to be an) incredibly important forthcoming publication.
I look forward to reading all your comments.