DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)

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DSM is an initialism of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is an abbreviation of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

The DSM is the psychological and psychiatric equivalent of the ICD (International Classification for Diseases), which are the international standards for physiopathological (ICD) and psychological/psychiatric disease (DSM) respectively.

The DSM is written by the American Psychiatric Association, and the most up to date edition, the DSM-5 was published in 2013.


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    Examples of use:

    Even if, for the sake of argument only, we allow that DSM psychiatric categories are valid discrete disorders with a genetic component, like flamingo color it “makes no sense” to say, for example, that schizophrenia is 84% genetic and 16% environmental, that panic disorder is 43% genetic and 57% environmental, or that major depression is 37% genetic and 63% environmental.
    Are DSM Psychiatric Disorders “Heritable”?
    Mad In America (Jun 25, 2015)

    DSM-5, released in 2013, no longer breaks out Asperger's and other disorders. Instead, autism spectrum disorder is one diagnosis with degrees of severity.
    Piecing together the puzzle: Families with autism search for answers,treatment
    Worcester Telegram (July 18, 2015)​


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    More examples of use (since I can't edit the original post):

    The most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has arrived, and the latest changes have caused divisions among those in the psychiatric community.

    Often touted as the psychiatrist’s “Bible,” the DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association and establishes the almost universal standard by which doctors classify, diagnose and ultimately treat mental disorders – making it an essential part of the psychiatric profession. The DSM is utilized not only by clinicians, but researchers and health insurance companies as well. Even government officials take interest in the DSM’s criteria in order to determine grant funding, insurance coverage and new health care policies..."

    "Fourteen years in the writing (and according to one psychiatrist, “thick enough to stop a bullet”) the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's“Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) has been dubbed “The Psychiatrist’s Bible”.

    DSM-5 is an attempt to provide doctors with a much-needed definitive list of all recognised mental health conditions, including their symptoms. But with so many gaps in our understanding of mental health, even attempting to do so is hugely controversial..."


    "The American Psychiatric Association held its annual meeting in San Francisco this week to discuss current trends and advancements in the field. One of the hallmarks of the conference was an update of the organization's manual for diagnosis and treatment, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), often referred to as "the bible of psychiatry." This handbook has served for years as the definitive guide to both diagnosis and treatment, allowing psychiatrists an easy mode to search for symptoms and assign corresponding medications, a sort of trial and error that has become standard practice for the modern psychiatrist. It is the great textbook of the art of psychiatry..."
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