The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM, is now in its fifth edition. The DSM-V offered new ways of diagnosing certain mental disorders that dramatically changed clinical practices for how patients are diagnosed and treated. This is particularly the case for alcohol use disorder. DSM-V relies on a count of certain criteria to define alcohol […]
The days of believing that addiction is limited to drugs and alcohol are over. No longer is addiction relegated to substances—legal or illegal—that chemically alter the brain. Experts are confirming what many have long known: behaviors and actions can develop into addictive habits that dominate and destroy lives just like drugs and alcohol. It is […]
Caffeine-related disorders are a group of conditions that revolve in some way around the use of coffee or other caffeine-containing substances. The American Psychiatric Association lists these disorders as mental health issues in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which functions as an everyday guide for identifying and categorizing psychological/psychiatric symptoms. One caffeine-related […]
After long debate, some controversy, and many internal revisions, the American Psychological Association (APA) printed its fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013. Within this latest revision of what is hailed as the industry’s “bible” of diagnostic criteria for mental illness in the US, there were several […]
After 13 long years of research, discussion, and debate, on May 18, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association finally released the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This nearly 1,000 page-document provides a comprehensive listing and description of all the mental health disorders that are currently believed to exist, based on […]
How many hours did people wait in line this summer for the newest Apple product? That smartphones and tablets can create such a furor among the populace should be a warning bell. Now, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has announced its intention to list Internet-use disorder as a clinical mental health condition. According to the […]
Experts are struggling to revise names for the diagnostic manual that defines mental disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is the reference guide that clinicians, insurers, researchers and more all rely on to classify and identify psychiatric disorders.
Why would almost 11,000 Americans write letters in protest to the American Psychiatric Association about proposed changes in a scholarly book?
By Meghan Vivo After four years of research and consultations with 80 addiction experts, clinicians and scientists, the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s long-awaited definition of addiction has arrived. But is it a change in the right direction? The new definition has garnered the support of many experts in the field as well as its […]
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has come up with a new and controversial definition of addiction.