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Trying to Define the Undefinable in DSM-5

Jack Klott On The One Major Flaw He Finds In DSM-5

Not everyone who has been exposed to DSM-5 is upset by it. Case in point: Jack Klott, a mental health professional for more than 45 years who—after reading DSM-5 cover to cover—says that the new edition is “the best DSM ever written.”

However, he does recognize that DSM-5 is not without flaws. In his session from our new webcast series, The Uproar Over DSM-5, Jack talks in-depth about how changes in DSM-5 can lead to improved treatment for several conditions. But the one major problem he finds is the manual’s attempt to describe human behavior, which by its very nature defies description.

Watch the video clip below to hear Jack talk about this issue and how he thinks DSM-5 makes steps toward rectifying the problem.

This is just one of the conditions affected by DSM-5 that Jack will discuss in our brand-new webcast series.

The Uproar Over DSM-5:
How The New Standards Affect Your Practice
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Here’s a preview of what each session in this series offers you:

  • Allen Frances on Saving Normal: Has Psychiatric Diagnosis Gotten Out of Control?
    Learn why the head of the DSM-IV Task Force believes that “DSM-5 is a sad moment in the history of psychiatry.”
  • Martha Teater on Navigating the New DSM-5: Ten Ways It Will Impact Your Practice Get a concise overview of the major revisions in DSM-5 by a presenter who has already trained 4,000 therapists in the new DSM system.
  • Darrel Regier on Answering the Critics: Inside the Decision-Making for DSM-5
    Hear about the scientific rationale behind the major changes in the new DSM from the Vice Chair of the DSM-5 Task Force.
  • Jack Klott on Revolutionizing Diagnosis and Treatment Using DSM-5
    Explore how DSM-5 can enhance your case conceptualization and understanding of your clients’ behavior.
  • Gary Greenberg on The Book of Woe: DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
    Take a look at the blend of hard science, institutional politics, public relations, and bureaucratic in-fighting that helped shape DSM-5.
  • David Mays on Beyond DSM-5: The Future of Treating Mental Disorders
    Examine the latest developments in the field that will eventually lead to radical changes in the next edition of the DSM.

The Uproar Over DSM-5
New Series Continues This Wednesday
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One Response to Trying to Define the Undefinable in DSM-5

  1. Dr. Thomas Davidson says:

    I find it ironic that Jack Klott, someone with 45 years experience as a mental health professional would not understand the inherent contradiction of claiming the DSM5 is “the best DSM ever written” and his assertion that a descriptive understanding of human “behavior” is impossible. I’d be fine if he simply means to suggest that this fifth version of DSM is the best in a series that reflects a very limited way of trying to understand human behavior, but I didnt get that tone from Mr. Klott’s comments.

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