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Updated DSM-5 criteria: New disorders, lower diagnostic thresholds could lead to overtreatment


Updates to the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) included recognition of new disorders such as hoarding and gambling, and decreased diagnostic thresholds for ADHD in adults and children. DSM-5 also removed some previously distinct disorders (e.g., Asperger’s disorder and dementia) to be included under other conditions.


American Psychiatric Association. Highlights of changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5. DSM-5 Development. Accessed May 21, 2013.

Frances A. The new crisis in confidence in psychiatric diagnosis. Ann Intern Med. 2013 [Epub ahead of print].

Insel T. Transforming Diagnosis. National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Blog. Accessed May 21, 2013.

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