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DSM-IV gives way to DSM-5 - Why Should You Care?

By February 12, 2013

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DSM-5 to be published soonThe Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is just a book your psychiatrist has to have, right? Well, not so fast. That book sets the official criteria for diagnosing a mental illness AND gives the codes your doctor has to use to communicate with insurance companies and other medical and psychiatric personnel and facilities.

All medical conditions have codes, mental or physical. For example, when I was hospitalized for ischemic colitis, it wasn't enough for the hospital to tell the insurance company that's what I had - they had to transmit the proper code for my condition in order for my insurance to be activated. And the DSM is where the codes for mental illnesses are set.

One of the telling differences between the fourth edition - DSM-IV - and the new edition, the DSM-5, is that the definition of "mixed episodes" is gone, replaced by the designation "with mixed features," which can apply to depressive, manic, or hypomanic episodes. In the DSM-IV, the presence of mixed episodes ruled out a diagnosis of Bipolar II.

Changes like this are why you should care about the new DSM-5.

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February 13, 2013 at 11:34 pm
(1) christine says:

can a individual have p.t.s.d along sidr biplar

February 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm
(2) Aggie says:

Sooo….What action, if any, can actually been taken. Mere clients, mere patients of such a manual. Obvious, as always, classed, those of us caught up in the cycle of the system. Are we still as helpless, as I have assumed. Passed along from year to year, treated as whether, treated appropriately or not. It seems just another, OH Well.

February 25, 2013 at 8:59 am
(3) youtube video says:

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March 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm
(4) Janet says:

i just asked my psychologist the same question and somewhat back and forth on an answer “saying he did not think of me as PTSD as the meaning of PTSD was something else than what I have had. I was sexually abused and that is a cause for PTSD if anything is.

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