The DSM-5 Draft: Critique and Recommendations
From the issue entitled "The DSM-5 Draft: Implications for Psychological Injury and Law"
The series of articles in this special topic on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) draft (American Psychiatric Association 2010), which is preparatory to publication of the DSM-5, deals with issues and disorders and conditions pertinent to the field of psychological injury and law. The articles describe and critique the changes anticipated for the diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder, pain disorder, and neurocognitive disorder, in particular. Further, changes suggested in the draft for personality disorder are analyzed with a critical eye. In addition, the articles examine the lack of change for dealing with malingering and the general lack of consideration of group differences such as for race, in areas pertinent to psychological injury and law. This summary of the articles concludes that some of the changes in the DSM-5 draft are premature, and it calls for continued research and evidence-informed bases for recommended changes for the DSM-V.
Keywords DSM 5 - Critique - Recommendations