Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM-5): More Changes to the Diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder AKA Multiple Personalities

Is it more bad press that prompts the great minds at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to make additional changes to the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Vol. 5 regarding multiple personalities via the Dissociative Identity Disorder diagnosis?
If this publication wasn’t considered the bible of The Psychiatry Industry the importance of what the APA is doing wouldn’t matter so much. But the DSM is a powerful bible that changes the lives of patients (and their families) forever.
The public can rely on one thing – when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) gets into legal trouble and repeated negative petitions from their membership for selling therapies that have harmed some patients and their families, the name & definition of the problem diagnosis changes as it did when Multiple Personality Disorder was changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Of course the great minds that made the change have a mile long list of why the name change was necessary, but heck, the public isn’t stupid or uninformed anymore.
So, here they go again. The diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder is once again reclarified? changed? altered? given more insight? more research? you decide.
According to the APA, “the criteria for dissociative identity disorder are changed to indicate that symptoms of disruption of identity may be reported as well as observed, and gaps in the recall of events may occur for everyday and not just traumatic events. Also, experiences of dissociative identity disorder in some cultures are included in the description of identity disruption.”
I’m wondering how much this criteria change has to do with what patients report vs. what researchers observe. The gap between patient reports and clinical observations was widening, so heck, make more changes. The dysfunction for patients keeps increasing and likely is causing more chaos in their lives if reading self-reports on Internet sites is any indication.
No need to believe me, visit any Internet chat group or psych forum and read for yourself.
American Psychiatric Association, Psychiatric News
Clinical and Research News
December 03, 2013

DSM-5 Self-Exam: Dissociative Disorders

DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2013.12a29

retrieved 12-03-13

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