The DSM-5 and the Art of Medicine: Certainly Uncertain

The recently published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) (1), is regarded as the primary source of information for psychiatric diagnostic criteria. Criticisms of the new edition have centered on the relative lack of scientific evidence for specific diagnostic classifications and unclear boundaries between true “illness” and the normal stresses of life. These concerns are valid and will always be part of the practice of medicine.

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