Social considerations not accounted for in DSM-5

May 14, 2013
Social considerations not accounted for in <i>DSM-5</i>
Social and population variations in mental diagnosis are not accounted for in the newly revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, according to an editorial published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

(HealthDay)—Social and population variations in mental diagnosis are not accounted for in the newly revised fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), according to an editorial published in the May issue of Health Affairs.

Helena B. Hansen, Ph.D., from New York University in New York City, and colleagues argue that the most recent revision process has missed several issues, including the of and their diagnosis; environmental factors triggering biological responses that manifest themselves in behavior; differing cultural perceptions about what is normal and what is abnormal behavior; and institutional pressures related to such matters as insurance reimbursements, disability benefits, and pharmaceutical marketing. Additionally, a systematic way to take population-level variations in diagnoses into account was lacking.

The authors propose the creation of an independent research review body to address the shortcomings. The review body would monitor variations in diagnostic patterns, inform future DSM revisions, identify needed changes in and practice, and recommend new avenues of research.

"Drawing on the best available knowledge, the review body would make possible more precise and equitable psychiatric diagnoses and interventions," the authors write.

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Egleton
not rated yet May 15, 2013
Setting the fox to guard the henhouse.
The fundamental function of the brain is in dispute and these. . .
never mind, people think that they can solve the mind with a pill?
A blockbuster pill is one that makes the shareholder a lot of money. Why would the shareholder want to cure anybody?
Whitacre's book "Mad in America" is a good place to start.

http://www.amazon...65020143

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