The 2013 release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 5 (DSM-5) is the largest change to hit the field of mental health in over 20 years. An entire generation of therapists has been trained knowing no other diagnostic scheme besides the now obsolete DSM-4. On May 27, 2013 the new DSM-5 diagnostic manual will be released worldwide. In honor of this event, we will be holding a 90 minute webinar on May 22, to help people navigate through the extensive changes in this new manual. We will review the many changes that have been made to the manual as well as summarizing key concepts of the new diagnostic schema. We will review new diagnoses not seen before such as Persistent Depressive Disorder, Intellectual Developmental Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Hoarding Disorder and many others. We will also explore some of the controversies of the new text including the removal of the bereavement exclusion in Major Depression as well as the elimination of Asperger’s in lieu of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Finally, we will also look at the new conceptual view in DSM-5 of “illness as a spectrum.” This concept is woven throughout the new manual. It sees the majority of mental issues as more within a spectrum between normal functioning and highly symptomatic. Clients move fluidly within this spectrum of functioning instead of “labeled” as mentally ill.
Steven Buser, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in Asheville, NC. He trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the US Air Force. He spent his final year in the military in the Republic of Panama and is fluent in Spanish. In 2008 he completed a 2 year clinical training program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and subsequently founded the Asheville Jung Center. He has been engaged in cutting edge research, including the use of advanced neurostimulation technologies in psychiatry (Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation).
- Compare and contrast the differences between DSM-4 and DSM-5.
- Discuss the new concepts in DSM-5, particularly the “illness as a spectrum” concept within it.
- Explain the diagnostic process within the context of the new DSM-5
DSM-5 Insanely Simplified