Downplaying The DSM

The Dish

The director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas Insel, announced last week that the NIMH will no longer rely on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), a longtime guidebook for psychiatry:

While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each. The strength of each of the editions of DSM has been “reliability” – each edition has ensured that clinicians use the same terms in the same ways. The weakness is its lack of validity…. Patients with mental disorders deserve better.

Dr. Russ Poldrack offers a detailed description of the NIMH’s new focus, the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project. Vaughan Bell summarizes:

RDoC… aims to uncover what it sees as the ‘component parts’ of psychological dysregulation by understanding difficulties in terms of cognitive, neural and…

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