Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clarification of DSM-Related Alert

A Psychiatric News Alert posted on Friday, August 17, 2012, indicated that the Psychotic Disorders Work Group for DSM-5 had recommended that attenuated psychosis syndrome (APS)—a diagnostic category intended to describe individuals at very high risk for schizophrenia spectrum disorders but who have not yet had an acute psychotic break—should not be included as a diagnostic entity in DSM-5. Instead it would be listed in a third section of the manual (following the introduction and the main text listing disorders) for proposed diagnostic criteria requiring “further study."

The alert neglected to indicate that all proposed changes to the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are still under review and that all decisions by the DSM-5 Task Force and work groups must be approved by the APA Board of Trustees before becoming final.


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