March 12th, 2010

Revising the DSM: Do more entries mean more stigma?

In 2013, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is set to be released. This will be the first new edition of the DSM in more than a decade.

Over the last several years, professionals and advocacy groups have argued about the implications of many current DSM diagnoses, as well as what new entries and changes to the DSM will mean to the patients who are treated and the professionals who treat them.

As Dr. Michael First of Columbia University states in this NY Times article, a big concern is the more entries and diagnoses you add to the DSM, the more people are labeled and stigmatized. What are your thoughts?

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Feel free to visit the DSM 5th edition site at where you can view proposed revisions and create an account to submit your own comments about these revisions.


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