Book of the Month: The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5

For the month of November, PsychiatryOnline is offering free access to The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5 by Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., William E. Narrow, M.D., M.P.H., Emily A. Kuhl, Ph.D, and David J. Kupfer, M.D.

The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5 provides a framework for the evolution of the forthcoming diagnostic system in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which will help advance clinical practice and facilitate ongoing development of diagnostic criteria.

The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5 was written to impart a theoretical context for understanding potential revisions to DSM-5. The authors reevaluate the structure of the current manual and discuss cross-cutting approaches to facilitate clinical practice and refine research approaches that will guide clinical trials, genetics, imaging, and treatment guidelines. The authors provide the following insights:

  • Detailed descriptions of age-, gender-, and culture-specific aspects relevant to psychiatric diagnosis and the need for sensitivity to these factors when making diagnoses
  • Discussions on the dimensional aspects of mental disorders, including overlapping symptoms relevant to many or most diagnoses
  • Consideration of alternative classifications of disorders that recognize disorders sharing validating features
  • Presentation of neuroscientific and epidemiologic evidence to expand understanding of disorders beyond that of the categorical organization presented in DSM-IV
  • A review of clinical implications, including how clinicians may shift their conceptualization of previously reified diagnostic criteria and their consequences.

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