The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was recently released and is available for Touro Library patrons’ use. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association and is the standard resource used to diagnose mental disorders by clinicians. Health Science students also use the Manual in their study of Mental Health care. The previous edition, DSM-IV-TR was published in 2000. Several of the Touro campus libraries will have the print edition of the DSM-5 available in the reference section. The e-book version of the DSM-5 is available free for all Touro patrons through our subscription to the database Psychiatry Online http://psychiatryonline.org/
These are some of the changes in this edition of the DSM: (Summarized from DSM-5 Released: The Big Changes by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/18/dsm-5-released-the-big-changes/ )
- The Multi-axial system is no longer used.
- Four separate conditions are now brought together under one disorder named Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Childhood bipolar disorder is now called Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder.
- The criteria for ADHD have been modified.
- The exclusion for grief from the diagnosis of major depression has been removed.
- The criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder are more explicit and separate criteria have been added for children under age 6.
- Mild neurocognitive disorder was added for earlier detection of dementia.
- Binge eating disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and hoarding disorder are now official separate diagnoses.
For more detailed information on the changes in this edition of the DSM, refer to this outline from the American Psychological Association http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/changes%20from%20dsm-iv-tr%20to%20dsm-5.pdf