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Psychiatrists Revise Mental Disorder Categories

December 3rd, 2012

Asperger's syndrome is out and hoarding is in, and starting next year, psychiatrists may diagnose some children with a new "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder" if they have severe tantrums three or more times a week for more than a year.

After more than a decade of discussion and often heated debate, the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association voted in Arlington, Va., over the weekend to approve the fifth edition of the group's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders" or DSM-5, the official guide to classifying psychiatric illnesses.

The changes—the first major ones since 1994—could affect millions of adults and children and billions of health-care dollars, determining who qualifies for subsidized services, treatment programs and insurance reimbursements. An estimated 30% of Americans are diagnosed with at least one mental illness in their lifetimes, according to government figures, and several conditions face major revisions in the DSM-5.

This article quotes Susan Resko, Executive Director of The Balanced Mind Parent Network.

Read More on Wall Street Journal (note: article available to WSJ subscribers only).
Read the American Psychiatric Association's press release (PDF file).
Read The Balanced Mind Parent Network's position on DMDD.