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APA Seeks to Overhaul Personality Disorder Diagnoses

Science  12 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5971, pp. 1314
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1314

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A work group of the American Psychiatric Association is proposing revisions for personality disorders in the forthcoming fifth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, often referred to as psychiatry's bible. The goal is to create a more flexible and precise system, but some critics say the changes are too complicated for the busy clinician.