Reuters - Psychiatric Guide Drops Two Disputed Diagnoses

 – May 10, 2012  –– 

Two proposed psychiatric diagnoses failed to make the last round of cuts in the laborious process of revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – an exhaustive catalog of symptoms used by doctors worldwide to diagnose psychiatric illness. Gone from the latest revision, are "attenuated psychosis syndrome," and "mixed anxiety depressive disorder.” Dr. Wayne Goodman, professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, said he agrees with the decisions to drop both of the two disorders in the latest revision. Dr. Goodman, who worked on DSM-4, and is working on the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder section of the current revision of DSM-5, said the strength of the manual was that it can offer a reliable way for psychiatrists across the country to identify patients with the same sorts of disorders. "DSM-5 is a refinement of our diagnostic system, but it doesn't add to our ability to understand the underlying illness," he said.
- Dr. Wayne Goodman, Professor & Chair, Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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