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The Politics and Process of Revising the DSM-V and the Impact of Changes on Dietetics

Published:February 15, 2014DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2013.12.011
      Evolving insights into the etiology of mental illness necessitates each edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which began with the inaugural version published in 1952 and has continued to present day with the 2013 release of the fifth edition. More precision in determining the underlying causes of mental disorders heralds a call for greater precision in determining the diagnostic criteria for assigning these labels, especially with patients' ability to obtain treatment at stake. But updating the DSM is never a simple process, as not all changes are greeted warmly and cynicism among the treatment and patient communities may develop. The DSM-V is no exception: some changes simply made doubters bristle and others inspired never-ending debate.
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