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Monday, May 28, 2012

Alcohol and drug problems would be categorized differently in revised manual

What’s in a name? That’s a question that experts are wrestling with as they prepare to revise the diagnostic manual that spells out the criteria for addiction and other substance-use problems.

The catalyst for this discussion is a set of proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Mual of Mental Disorders, the reference guide upon which clinicians, researchers, insurers and others rely to identify and classify psychiatric disorders. The revised guide, called DSM-5, will incorporate changes to more than a dozen categories of disorders, including those related to mood, eating and personality, as well as substance use and addiction. > > > > Read More