Wednesday, May 4, 2011

DSM-5 site greatly updated

The site has just been greatly updated, and can be found here: (For some reason, just entering gets you a page that says it's under construction).

Anyway, we find some interesting changes: The sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria are in three different sections (rather than subsections of Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.) It seems that rather than changing "Gender Identity Disorder" to "Gender Incongruence" they're planning on changing it to "Gender Dysphoria." (I think this is a very positive change because it makes the disorder based on distress, not on gender identity.)

They're now thinking about putting Paraphilic Coercive Disorder in the appendix, and it seems that the diagnostic criteria for Exhibitionism is now a weird blend of DSM-III and DSM-III-R language, putting the emphasis on the behavior (as in DSM-III), rather than the sexual desire (as in DSM-III-R). Similar things seem to be done for some other paraphilias.

They're now proposing to add Hypersexual Disorder to the sexual dysfunctions rather than the paraphilias. (I'm very curious to find out what the sexual dysfunctions subworkgroup thinks about this idea.)

Something that had already been said on the website (but they never announced it) is that they're proposing to have HSDD for men, and SIAD for women.

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