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Will DSM-5 change the way we practise psychiatry?


Varuni de Silva

Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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The DSM-5 is expected to be released in May 2013. Much new knowledge about psychiatric disorders has emerged since then and it was thought that most of this would be incorporated into the new classification. The descriptive approach of the DSM IV has been retained in the DSM-5 and it still remains primarily a syndromal classification system. The DSM-5 includes several new categories such as attenuated psychosis and mixed anxiety disorder in Section III as disorders which need further study. The personality disorder category has undergone major changes including the provision for identification of personality traits. Diagnostic criteria of some older categories have been changed with the removal of the bereavement exclusion criteria for diagnosing depression leading to much discussion.


SL J Psychiatry 2012; 3 (1):1-2

Keywords: DSM-5
How to Cite: de Silva, V., 2012. Will DSM-5 change the way we practise psychiatry?. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 3(1), pp.1–2. DOI:
Published on 29 Jun 2012.
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