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DSM-5 due for release May 2013 – the BPS formulates a position on the diagnostic framework

July 26, 2011

DSM-5 is in the works and is due for release in May 2013. While psychotherapists on the whole may not have much exposure to the diagnostic manual (and the layman even less), it and it’s predecessors are texts that wiled significant influence both professionally and culturally over the way that mental health and illness are perceived. The DSM manuals have shaped the politics of mental health just as much as the treatment plans. Consider that until DSM II homosexuality was a classified mental illness and in subsequent editions it has gradually been removed.

It is the political and cultural impact of the DSM that the BPS seems to adress in this article on the organisation’s website:

The British Psychological has expressed strong reservations about the approach taken by the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which will be published in May 2013. The manual is widely used in Britain to diagnose and classify people suffering from mental health problems.
The Society is concerned that clients and the general public are negatively affected by the continued and continuous medicalisation of their natural and normal responses to their experiences. These responses which undoubtedly have distressing consequences that demand helping responses, but do not reflect illnesses so much as normal individual variation.

This is an issue worth following.

http://www.bps.org.uk/news/bps-concerns-about-overmedicalisation

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/07/25/bps-on-dsm/

http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx

http://apps.bps.org.uk/_publicationfiles/consultation-responses/DSM-5%202011%20-%20BPS%20response.pdf

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