Where to draw the line ?

by annclaravaillancourt on October 16, 2013 - 1:05pm

The controversies created by the DSM-V.

Since the official release of the DSM-V last May, many controversies among specialists have been brought up because of the many changes. Many of these changes in the DSM-V were made to better characterize symptoms and behaviors of groups of people who are currently seeking clinical help but are not well defined by the last DSM. Along with these changes, the asperger's disorde will be folded into autism spectrum disorder; grief will no longer exempt someone from a diagnosis of depression; irritable children who throw frequent temper tantrums can be diagnosed with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

I strongly believe that the problem is that we see this manual as a source of inspiration and it takes to much importance; the diagnostic criteria carry too much responsibility, creating enormous pressure on the patient to understand his problem. If we only rely on the DSM-V for diagnostic, more than 46 percent of the U.S. population will meet the criteria for at least one during their lifetimes. Is it because they have a better understanding of all the disease that the list is increasing or they are simply putting new criteria to make it easier to diagnose a patient? The critics will always vary. I believe that the most fundamental question is; where to draw the line?