The release of the DSM-5 | A Healthy State of Mind

Posted by Mary R. Fry, N.D. on Monday, May 27, 2013

This tome of psychiatry has evolved to become a more complex categorization of mental illness than ever before. The scope and perspectives of individual practitioners, including many naturopathic physicians, psychiatric mental health practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health care providers, remain much broader and more inclusive in their approach than the new Diagnostic & Statistical Manual  of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) reflects. Many of these providers are more inclined to view mental illness and distress as a spectrum and a part of  normal human evolution and growth (grief, depression and anxiety in response to stressful life circumstances, etc.). I myself will keep thinking of it this way and working to facilitate healing on mental, physical and emotional levels in line with the biopsychosocial model that skilled mental health care providers employ when working to help those suffering from mental illness.

If you would like to read more on the DSM-5 and its history, articles and commentary abound. The Economist has a recently published column that is a good overview and a fairly balanced commentary of the changes: http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21578024-american-psychiatric-associations-latest-diagnostic-manual-remains-flawed

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Categories: Psychiatry, Psychology Tags: DSM-5