The DSM-5

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is now in its Fifth Edition. The DSM-IV was published in 1994. The DSM-5 was released this May 2013.

Some significant changes have been made to the category of Dissociative Disorders and to the definition of Depersonalization Disorder.

The following is a brief summary of these changes.

“Major changes in dissociative disorders in DSM-5 include the following:

1) derealization is included in the name and symptom structure of what previously was called depersonalization disorder and is now called depersonalization/derealization disorder

2) dissociative fugue is now a specifier of dissociative amnesia rather than a separate diagnosis, and

3) the criteria for dissociative identity disorder have been changed to indicate that symptoms of disruption of identity may be reported as well as observed, and that gaps in the recall of events may occur for everyday and not just traumatic events.”

See the DSM-5 Website (here) for further information. I will be updating information directly from the textbook over the next few months.

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