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Proposed Revisions to Psychiatry's Canon Unveiled

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 770-771
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.770-a

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After more than a decade of labor, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released draft proposals for the upcoming fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the most influential book in psychiatry. Among a number of new proposals that seem likely to cause a stir are a diagnosis of "prepsychotic risk syndrome" applicable to young people and a redefinition of autism spectrum disorders that would eliminate Asperger's syndrome, which many consider a mild form of autism. After gathering comments on the draft criteria and conducting field trials to test them, APA plans to publish the finished edition in 2013.