Medical Xpress - US Psychiatry Gets Makeover in New Manual - Kerry Sheridan

New York, NY
 – May 18, 2013  –– 

The first major revamp in more than 20 years of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, will be unveiled in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatry Association. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been changed to include youths who show symptoms before age 12 instead of seven, and in adults five symptoms are required for diagnosis instead of six. "Later age of onset and reduction in symptom counts in adults should lead to more accurate diagnosis," said Jeffrey Newcorn, director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "Although there will no doubt be concerns that the new criteria will lead to an increase in prevalence rates, the revised criteria should better align with clinical realities and support best treatment practices."
-Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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