NIMH Withdraws Support for DSM-V

Just two weeks before revised DSM-5 is due to appear, the National Institute of Mental Health, the world's largest mental health research institute, has announced that it is withdrawing support for the manual.

The DSM-5 is the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, that mental health professionals use to diagnose patients. It's spells out the symptoms and diagnostic guidelines for each mental illness.

Thomas R. Insel, M.D., Director of the NIMH, made clear the agency would no longer fund research projects that rely exclusively on 
DSM criteria.  Of the decision to steer research in mental health away from the manual and its parameters, Insel states: “Patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

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Last updated: May 6, 2013


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