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Criticism Continues to Dog Psychiatric Manual as Deadline Approaches

Science  01 Jun 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6085, pp. 1088-1089
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6085.1088

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Summary

Less than a year before a new edition of the diagnostic reference for psychiatric illnesses is to be released, the controversy it has generated continues. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, now in its fifth edition, is the most influential catalog of mental and behavioral disorders, and the 13-year revision process has sparked much heated discussion as psychiatrists decide what new diagnoses to add and which existing ones to change or eliminate. A lot is riding on this tome.