National Institute of Mental Health Abandons the DSM

Regardless of how you feel about the upcoming DSM-V, it is being released on May 22, 2013. When the DSM-V is released, it will be considered best practices to follow its guidelines for diagnosis. This means if you are a professional in private practice, you will need to purchase it ASAP. It is unclear when insurance companies will adapt to the new standard, but one cannot imagine it will take long. Once the DSM-V is released, use of the DSM-IV will no longer be allowed.

The good news is you can preorder it now. On Amazon, you can preorder it for $133.22 if you are an Amazon Prime account holder (Which is a great service with many benefits. You can also purchase it from the APA themselves for $199.00 for non-members, and %159.20 for members.

Changes Abound

The DSM-V hold many changes, as it adjusts, adds, and eliminates diagnosis. For example, Asperger’s Disorder is being eliminated, and those diagnosed with Asperger’s and Autism will be lumped into one diagnosis, Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In other words, Asperger’s is Autism, and will no longer be used. Potential problems aside, this is a new reality if one is going to use the DSM. Many disorders are being changed, are ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, and others.

Preorder Now

Below are links where you can pre-order the DSM V. As of now there is no electronic version for preorder, but there are hardcover and paperback. If you are a mental health professional, you need to consider buying the DSM-V soon.

Amazon Preorder: Click Here
APA Preorder Link: Click Here


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