Responding to the Critics of DSM-5

Darrel Regier On Why Diagnostic Changes Were Made

Despite the number of criticisms it has incurred, there was a method to the so-called madness of DSM-5. For every diagnosis that was removed or added, each diagnosis criteria that was revised, and every new symptom cluster that was created, the American Psychiatric Association insists there was a rationale behind that decision.

Darrel Regier—Vice Chair of the APA’s DSM-5 task force—is not unaware of the furor the new edition has created in the psychotherapy community. He explains the process and reasoning for many of the controversial decisions, and the specific goals the task force was challenged to meet.

Watch the video clip below to hear Darrel talk about how one of the major criticisms of DSM-IV influenced some of the diagnostic changes in DSM-5.

Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H., is Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE), and Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force. This clip is taken from his session in our DSM-5 video course:

The Uproar Over DSM-5: How The New Standards Affect Your PracticeLike it or not, DSM dictates how we think about mental disorders, diagnoses, clinical research, and insurance coverage. The changes in this new edition will affect how you practice, and this series covers what you need to know:

  • The major controversies and heated debates surrounding this new edition and why they matter
  • The new structure of DSM-5 and how it differs from DSM-IV
  • Why specific diagnostic categories have been introduced and others eliminated
  • The new, more precise specifiers necessary for diagnosis
  • Other practical changes that will impact your clinical work and insurance reimbursement
  • The forces that shaped DSM-5—economic, scientific, and political
  • The role that neuroscience increasingly plays in psychological diagnosis and how that will impact the DSM moving forward
  • Powerful Insights from DSM experts—proponents, critics, and clinicians on the front line.

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