As mentioned in a previous blog, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual is in the process of being updated and now is the time to register your comments.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is used by psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to classify and diagnose mental disorders in children and adults. The DSM has historically had a very significant impact on the treatment of mental illness and on the payment of mental health treatment and related services. A committee created by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been working on revising the DSM to reflect current scientific understanding about mental disorders. Earlier this week, the APA posted the draft of the revised DSM, known as the DSM-5. The draft DSM-5 can be found at the website: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
For the next two months, the APA is seeking input from individuals, family members, clinicians and others about the proposed changes contained in the DSM-5. The deadline for submitting these comments is April 20, 2010. I will be providing you with more information, including NAMI’s reactions to the proposed changes, in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, I encourage you to visit the DSM-5 Web site, familiarize yourself and your members with the proposed changes and submit comments as appropriate. NAMI also wants to hear your reactions and comments. Post your feedback on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website at www.nami.org
NAMI wants to hear from you.