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More psychiatrists attack plans for DSM-5

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3357 (Published 11 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3357
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

The authors of the 5th edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), due to be published in May 2013, have responded to previous criticisms of their text by announcing a further series of changes.1

But far from mollifying their critics, these concessions have served to ignite a further and still more vituperative barrage of dissent.

The list of topics under reconsideration or already subject to change can be found on the DSM-5 website.2 It includes the proposed “attenuated psychosis syndrome,” which is slated for further study, and also major depressive disorder. Here the authors have added a footnote “to …

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