DSM-5 solicits comments

The fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be published in May 2013 and will reflect substantial changes for diagnosis of mental disorders. One of the biggest may concern children who are currently diagnosed as bipolar. In a move that could potentially change mental health practice all over America, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) includes a new diagnosis: “temper dysregulation disorder”, which would diagnose children with explosive moods as having a brain or biological dysfunction, and not necessarily lifelong condition such as bipolar.

The APA has published Proposed Draft Revisions to DSM Disorders and Criteria, and welcomes public comment.

The library offers full text online access to the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) through Psychiatry Online and Stat!Ref.