will ‘normal’ exist after DSM-V?

Til Wykes andFelicity Callard, of Kings’ Institute of Psychiatry, and Nick Craddock of Cardiff University’s department of psychological medicine and neurology, put out a statement today that says that many in the psychiatric community are worried that the further the guidelines are expanded for the upcoming DSM-V, the more likely it will become that nobody will be classed as normal any more.

Examples they pointed included new additions like “mild anxiety depression,” “psychosis risk syndrome,” and “temper dysregulation disorder.” They believe many people previously seen as perfectly healthy could in future be told they are ill.

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Mental Health Experts ask: Will anyone be normal?

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3 Responses to “will ‘normal’ exist after DSM-V?”

  1. Interesting-to say the least. I remember when the DSM had to remove Passive Aggressive Disorder because the behavior that hallmarks this “disorder” is accepted in society/almost all people could be diagnosed with it. So, it was removed.

  2. I’m concerned that this will do little more than make people take mental health issues less seriously. Sigh.

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