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Title:
EXPLORING THE CHANGES IN THE PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS

Authors:
Manya Malhotra

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Manya Malhotra
College du Leman

MLA 8
Malhotra, Manya. "EXPLORING THE CHANGES IN THE PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 182-189, ijsser.org/more2020.php?id=12. Accessed Jan. 2020.
APA(6)
Malhotra, M. (2020, January). EXPLORING THE CHANGES IN THE PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 5(1), 182-189. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2020.php?id=12
Chicago
Malhotra, Manya. "EXPLORING THE CHANGES IN THE PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF FIFTH EDITION OF THE DIAGNOSTIC AND STATISTICAL MANUAL OF MENTAL DISORDERS." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 5, no. 1 (January 2020), 182-189. Accessed January, 2020. ijsser.org/more2020.php?id=12.

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Abstract:
The classification of diseases has been central to medical research because it determines standards of diagnosis and treatments. Research into the classification of mental disorders and the standards for their diagnosis is very recent. The most recent classifications by the American Psychiatric Association have been detailed in the Fifth Edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This paper has sought to determine the impact of such classifications on the healthcare system and the lives of individuals and seeks to establish the efficacy of DSM-5. Even though the DSM-5 is rooted in empirical findings and is culturally sensitive, it's provisioning has also lead to higher rates of unnecessary medicalization. The paper has found that questions surrounding comorbidity of mental disorders are unanswered in DSM-5. Members of the Task Force responsible for drafting the Manual have had vested interests in pharmaceutical companies, which are expected to benefit from the most recent revisions of the DSM, especially due to the deletion of the "bereavement exclusion" for depressive disorders, which has led to the increase in subscription of antidepressants. This paper has found that transparency in research and accountability of those responsible for conducting it is imperative to ensure that such research abides by medical ethics and benefits the most vulnerable stakeholders in society.