DSM V Brings New Mental Disorder Diagnoses


DSM V is set to be out in May 22, 2013, a much expected event for all these working in this area of the medical field. However, as expected, the new, revised edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has both supporters and critics. Advocates of the new DSM claim that this edition will help in bringing new mental disorder diagnoses, resulting in more accessible treatments. On the other hand, critics say that patients will only turn out being over-diagnosed. Below you can read more about the new disorders that are now listed in DSM.

Hoarding disorder

For a long period of time, hoarding disorder has only been considered a symptom of the obsessive-compulsive disorder. Now, this condition has its own clinical definition in the DSM 5. The disease is quite common in the United States nowadays, statistics indicating that more than 4 million people in this country suffer from Hoarding disorder.

Skin-Picking disorder

The skin-picking disorder is a another disease that now is part of DSM. An obsessive-compulsive related disorder, this condition regards patients who pick their skin in such a way that bleeding results.

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation disorder

This condition has been added to the category of depressive disorders, as the new DSM V states. The new diagnosis is expected to have positive effects, mostly when it comes to kids between 6 and 18 years old. This can reduce the risk of children being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, instead of the disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

Hypersexual disorder

Patients suffering from sex addition can receive a clinical diagnosis, too. Listed in DSM 5 under the Section III of other conditions, the hypersexual disorder is still under research.

Binge Eating disorder

Eating disorders have always been common in the United States, but also all around the world. Binge eating disorder supposes that the patient eats in excess 12 times in three months.

Internet disorder

The Internet disorder surely is one of the most interesting additions to the DSM 5. Even though this disease still needs further research, it is listed in the Section III of the manual. People who spend too much time on the Internet can be diagnosed with this disorder. How will that be determined is something we will find out when research on this subject is completed.

As you can see, the DSM 5 will bring numerous interesting, yet unexpected additions. There is no wonder after all that it has both critics and supporters. Well, all left to do is to wait for the DSM 5 to be released, event that will happen in less than one month.

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