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The Colin McEnroe Show
Thu May 23, 2013
The Book of Psychiatric Diagnosis
According to the newly revised DSM V -- often called the Bible of psychiatry -- there are no hypochondriacs. Hypochondriasis has been removed as a diagnosable disorder. So has Asperger's Syndrome, which has been folded into a larger Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are new disorders, including Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder and Hoarding Disorder. But by far the biggest new syndrome in psychiatry is Complaining About the DSM V. Nobody seems to like it, ranging from people who believe that the new manual leans too heavily on the idea that psychiatric disorders are essentially biological illnesses to, well, people who think the new manual completely punts on the idea that psychiatric disorders are essentially biological illnesses. Why should you care. What does any of this have to do with you. We'll explore that with critics and defenders of the DSM. Leave your comments below or email us at Colin@wnpr.org, join us on Facebook, or tweet us @wnprcolin.