DSM 5: Precedents, present and prospects

Jordi E. Obiols

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The forthcoming DSM edition (DSM 5) will be published in May, 2013. Drafts that have been made available up to the present have launched several controversies. One of them is a possible diagnosis inflation that would generate an epidemic of false positive cases. The case of the proposed «Attenuated Psychotic Syndrome» is an important example, but others like the «Mild Neurocognitive Disorder» or the «Binge Eating Disorder» add to the list of controversial new proposals. Moreover, some methodological aspects of the whole procedure, including the imposition of a nondisclosure agreement, the lack of transparency and possible conflicts of interests have also been condemned. Historical developments of the DSM's evolution are reviewed: DSM-III and its «diagnostic reliability revolution», DSM-IV's validity problems and the doubts raised by DSM-V's expected «dimensional paradigm» shift. Finally, the prospect of neuroscience research as a possible way to overcome the present nosological problems is analyzed. © International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-290
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • DSM 5
  • DSM IV
  • Dimensional paradigm
  • Neurosciences
  • Theoretical study


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