Bookmark This Page If You Have A Child Who Has Received A Psychiatric Diagnosis

Do you have a child who has received a psychiatric diagnosis? If so, it’s worth your time to become familiar with the diagnostic criteria proposed for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – or DSM-5 – to be published by the American Psychiatric Association in May 2013. 

To do so, I suggest you bookmark the homepage of DSM-5.

The reason for this is that in the spring of 2012 there will be an open period where individuals can provide feedback on the proposed criteria. There have been other open periods and these offer opportunities for parents and advocates of youth to help influence how psychiatric disorders will be diagnosed in the future.

The website has lots of information on it – but at a minimum, you can view the proposed diagnostic criteria for any psychiatric disorder that you need to know about.

Keep an eye on the DSM-5 site for a posting when comments will be accepted sometime in the spring. I will also publish a blog post when this happens.

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