Saturday 12 September 2015

Diagnostic Manual DSM-5

Heya everybody,

Finally I have been able to put some work in and caught up on something I meant to do for a while!

I got hold of the full text of the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, which was published in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), making it the most up-to-date medical categorisation manual available. It replaced DSM-IV from 1994. The handbook sets standards for both the definitions and diagnoses of mental illnesses and health-related conditions.

I have put the chapter about gender dysphoria on my website and also quoted the subcategory about transvestism, to provide a differentiation. The text is excellent not only for symptoms and diagnostic criteria, but also for definitions and explanations. If you want to know the latest scientific consensus on what gender dysphoria is, have a read! If I have time, I’ll write an article on the changes from the old DSM, and my interpretations of the current status.

The DSM-5 will also provide an important basis for the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), maintained by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is currently updating the ICD-10, which was published in 1990. ICD-11 is expected for 2017.

Have a good weekend ✨

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