May 15, 2012
“Cosmetic Changes to the DSM-V (Did the DSM-5 Task Force Really Back Down?)”
Recently the DSM-5 Task Force of psychiatrists dropped two diagnoses from its new manual—“attenuated psychosis syndrome” (proposed to identify people at risk of developing psychosis), and “mixed anxiety depressive disorder” (a hybrid of two mood problems). This is welcome news to both mental health professionals and the people who utilize them. (The story was reported widely, including in The New York Times: “Psychiatry Manual Drafters Back Down on Diagnoses” (May 8, 2012).
At the same time, in dropping two diagnoses and “tweaking” some others because of lack of evidence, the DSM-5 Task Force of psychiatrists is perpetuating the belief that they are doing science. READ MORE at Rethinking Psychology