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Psychiatric Panel To Change Dsm: Manual May Need To Be Overhauled In The Near Future
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Psychiatric Panel to Change Dsm: Manual May Need to Be Overhauled In the Near Future

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the so called "bible" of the psychiatric field is under a growing level of scrutiny with many demanding that a number of the diagnoses contained within it be changed or seriously updated. The doctors who are part of the panel to do that have refused to accept two proposals which may have seriously increased the number of people who would be diagnosed with a psychotic or depression related disorder. The doctors issued their statement saying that neither attenuated psychosis or mixed anxiety depression disorder were actually supported by real medical evidence. Attenuated psychosis related to people who are at a heightened risk of developing some type of psychosis, including a number of young people who would possibly be diagnosed and then recommended for drug therapy. Nearly eighty percent of the young people who have reported having strange thoughts and/or hallucinations could have possibly been diagnosed under the proposed guidelines.

In addition, the definition of depression has been reworked so that normal sadness that occurs with major life changing events like the death of a loved one or the loss of a job will not be mistakenly diagnosed as depression.

The panel, which is specifically appointed by the American Psychiatric Association are working to complete the latest edition of the DSM and have been given a number of proposals and suggestions to consider during their process. While they backed away from the suggestions on attenuated psychosis and mixed anxiety depressive disorder, they did not change the definition of autism, a move that has been criticized by a number of experts across the country. Those experts worry that the number of people who are given the appropriate diagnosis could be dramatically impacted by these changes.

Those changes would drop Asperger's Syndrome and other, similar disorders that were carried under the autism spectrum. Nearly fifty percent of those who are tenuously defined as having autism spectral disorder but are also defined as higher functioning would likely be dropped from the diagnosis which many mean that they will no longer qualify for certain types of assistance, including special help while in schools that allow them to be assimilated into mainstream classrooms.

Debates will be held about the changes that were made as well as those that were not at the Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. There have been a number of sessions that will be dedicated to the DSM and the proposed changes.


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