Revisions to the canon: DSM V

Coming out this month is the revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – this will be the 5th edition (DSM-V). The current/4th edition was published in 1994.

According to a recent commentary in Health Affairs, however, this latest revision has “missed crucial population-level and social determinants of mental health disorders and their diagnosis.”

Read the full commentary here.

A couple of details on the commentary:

Title: Independent Review Of Social And Population Variation In Mental Health Could Improve Diagnosis In DSM Revisions

Authors: Helena B. Hansen, Zoe Donaldson, Bruce G. Link, Peter S. Bearman, Kim Hopper, Lisa M. Bates, Keely Cheslack-Postava, Kristin Harper, Seth M. Holmes, Gina Lovasi, Kristen W. Springer, and Julien O. Teitler

Affiliations: Hansen is affiliated with New York University; Donaldson, Link, Bearman, Hopper, Bates, Cheslack-Postava, Harper, Lovasi, and Teitler are with Columbia University; Holmes is affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley; and Springer is with Rutgers University.

Additional information: The study, which was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program, will also appear in the May issue of Health Affairs.

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