Press Release from the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) Draws Nearly 2,300 Public Responses

originally published June 2012

According to the APA website: “The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose more than 36,000 physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment prevention and research of mental illnesses, including substance abuse disorders.”

The DSM is the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This publication is often referred to as the bible of psychiatry. It holds diagnostic categories of mental disorders, definitions, symptoms, and specific numbers assigned to each for billing purposes.

The fifth edition slated for publication in 2013 has drawn controversy from psychiatrists and psychologists who object to dissociative identity disorder (DID) being included. The task force making the final decision is likely to include DID although there is no credible evidence that supports this mental disorder beyond clinical observations and flimsy theoretical ideas.

Treatment for DID has shown to be lengthy often spanning years and sometimes decades. There is little evidence that therapy is successful. Most patients remain in treatment even though their physical and mental health deteriorates over time and does not usually improve.

Dissociative identity disorder treatment is big business. The Psychology Industry has much to gain by keeping DID in the bible of mental disorders because it generates steady and long-term income for many clinicians worldwide. Both mental health providers and Big Pharma will continue gain substantial financial gain from preying on vulnerable patients – and their families. Potent psychiatric drugs are used to only to quell symptoms like anxiety & sleep disorders since DID has not proven to have a biological cause which would make drug therapy useful.

Mistakenly, many patients think this publication validates dissociative identity disorder/multiple personalities and, therefore, proves that the bogus diagnosis exists. Holding this belief, most patients remain in treatment.


ARLINGTON, Va, USA. (June 26, 2012) – The final public comment period for the draft diagnostic criteria of the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) drew 2,298 responses from across the country and abroad.

This feedback, submitted online … ” total, more than 15,000 comments about the proposed DSM-5 criteria have been received since 2010 from mental health clinicians and researchers, the overall medical community, and patients, families and advocates. As was the case following the other comment periods, the DSM-5 Task Force and Work Groups will now review and consider each response as they begin final revisions to the criteria.
Although each disorder area drew a wide range of comments, the two Work Groups with the highest number were the Neurodevelopmental Work Group (397 comments) and the Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic Stress and Dissociative Disorders Work Group (545 comments). APA also received more than 800 comments focused broadly on DSM-5.
After the Work Groups make their last revisions to the draft diagnostic criteria, the proposals will receive multi-level reviews by the entire DSM-5 Task Force, a separate Scientific Review Committee and a Clinical and Public Health Committee. The latter two committees will be working to evaluate the strength of scientific evidence supporting significant changes and to assess the impact of changes for clinicians and public health.
The Task Force will make recommendations to the APA Board of Trustees for its final decisions on the manual’s fifth edition late this year.

Retrieved 06/28/12. Full pdf

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