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deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been modified to emphasise that this
disorder can continue into adulthood.
Making normal ill
of the update, Prof Peter Kinderman, head of the Institute of Psychology at the
University of Liverpool, argued
on the BBC's Scrubbing Up column that: "[DSM-5] will lower many
diagnostic thresholds and increase the number of people in the general population
seen as having a mental illness."
said "normal grief" would now be classed as a major depressive
disorder and childhood temper tantrums would be a symptom of disruptive mood
"A wide range of unfortunate human behaviours, the subject of many new
year's resolutions, will become mental illnesses - excessive eating will become
'binge eating disorder', and the category of 'behavioural addictions' will
widen significantly to include such 'disorders' as 'internet addiction' and
is also criticism of the way DSM-5 classifies diseases based on symptoms. There
are efforts to harness advances in genetics and neuroscience to diagnose people
based on the cause rather than the symptoms of the illness.
director of the US government's National Institute of Mental Health said the
DSM had a "lack of validity".
Thomas Insel posted a blog saying: "Unlike our
definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or Aids, the DSM diagnoses are
based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective
the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems
based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever."
some areas the distinction between disorders is narrowing. Autism, attention
deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and
schizophrenia are all classed as separate disorders based on their symptoms.
David Kupfer, the chair of the DSM-5 task force, said: "The changes to the
manual will help clinicians more precisely identify mental disorders and
improve diagnosis while maintaining the continuity of care.
expect these changes to help clinicians better serve patients and to deepen our
understanding of these disorders based on new research."