By Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Dec. 3, 2012 — A major revision to the diagnostic “bible” — which defines what is and what is not a mental illness — has the final approval of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
The approval means the final draft of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5, will be official when it is published in May 2013.
Ten years in the making, the rewritten manual has been embroiled in controversy. One outspoken critic is Allen J. Frances, MD, chair of the task force that developed the previous edition, DSM-IV.
In a critique published online by Psychology Today, Frances calls the DSM-5 “deeply flawed,” with “changes that seem clea…