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The DSM-5: hyperbole, hope or hypothesis?

Berk, Michael 2013, The DSM-5: hyperbole, hope or hypothesis?, BMC Medicine, vol. 11, Article 128, pp. 1-2.

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Title The DSM-5: hyperbole, hope or hypothesis?
Alternative title Editorial
Author(s) Berk, Michael
Journal name BMC Medicine
Volume number 11
Season Article 128
Start page 1
End page 2
Total pages 2
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-05-14
ISSN 1741-7015
Keyword(s) DSM-V
diagnosis
pathophysiology
symptoms
classification
Summary The furore preceding the release of the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is in contrast to the incremental changes to several diagnostic categories, which are derived from new research since its predecessor’s birth in 1990. While many of these changes are indeed controversial, they do reflect the intrinsic ambiguity of the extant literature. Additionally, this may be a mirror of the frustration of the field’s limited progress, especially given the false hopes at the dawn of the “decade of the brain”. In the absence of a coherent pathophysiology, the DSM remains no more than a set of consensus based operationalized adjectives, albeit with some degree of reliability. It does not cleave nature at its joints, nor does it aim to, but neither does alternate systems. The largest problem with the DSM system is how it’s used; sometimes too loosely by clinicians, and too rigidly by regulators, insurers, lawyers and at times researchers, who afford it reference and deference disproportionate to its overt acknowledged limitations.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2013, BioMed Central
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