Written By: Jessica Cirullo
With the Diagnostic Statistic Manual (DSM)-V having been presented in May 2013, many mental health professionals as well as their clients are backtracking a little. The multiracial system has been removed, there are now thirteen work groups, and certain disorders have been removed or revised from the DSM-IV. The changes within the new DSM were made largely to more dimensionally classify these disorders. Although the finishing touches have been made, there is still quite a
lot of controversy over the new manual. Will these new changes benefit the mental health professionals and their clients? Will it benefit scientists or insurance companies? Is it necessary to have the DSM at all? Some don’t think so.
Bruce Cuthbert, the director of adult translational research at the National Institute of Mental Health, would attest to this. The institute considered abandoning the DSM when structuring clinical research grants, and although the psych-realm was in an uproar, the Institute claimed to have an answer. The idea of the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) was developed. In short, the RDoC is a new concept that obtains its bases largely from old concepts – concepts perhaps abandoned by the
modern technological world of this day and age. In hopes to continue making advances, Cuthbert believes we need to start from the beginning and re-examine theory. Introducing neuroscience is becoming more and more popular within the psychological field, aiming to find a more tangible basis than theory itself. We may need to erase some of what we know and rewrite it for accuracy. Of course, this is an appalling idea to some – particularly clients and their treatment
teams – but when so many are starting to realize how little progress within the mental health studies have been made the past few decades, what else is there to do? Quite frankly, we are reluctant to answer that question.
To learn more, visit the American Psychiatric Association website at http://www.apa.org/
Or the new dsm-5 website at http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
You can also read more about Cuthbert and RDoC at http://chronicle.com/article/A-Revolution-in-Mental-Health/141379/?cid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en
This is one of our new self-help resources available to our Ambassador community. Here we will feature the thoughts, questions, and insight of the our fellow Ambassadors. You can even leave comments of encouragement or feedback to fellow Ambassadors that may be having a tough time.