“Psychiatry’s List of Disorders Needs Real-Time Updates”


In a First Opinion piece for STAT, Michael First argues that a digital DSM should allow updates between editions. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is setting up a new web portal to field proposals for changes to the DSM. Individuals or groups making proposals must provide supportive information such as reasons for the change, data documenting improvements in validity, evidence of reliability and clinical utility, and a discussion of potentially harmful consequences associated with the proposed change.



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  1. Yay, more diseases! Why should we have to wait? How about “Acute Trump Reaction Formation”? “Murphy-related Apprehensive Syndrome?” “Post-Abilify Depressive Disorder?”

    Others would probably be better at identifying these rapidly-evolving strains of mental illness, the sooner the better as there are newly developed drugs waiting around for a reason to be used!