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Update to Manual for Mental Health Receives Backlash
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on May 19, 2013 @ 7:06PM
Created on May 19, 2013 @ 5:45PM
According to a report, nearly 11 million Americans suffered from some sort of mental illness last year.  To help with this problem, the manual that counselors and therapists use to help patients got a face-lift. 
 
There's some criticism over the new Psychiatric Manual of Mental Disorders, though. Some experts are saying that the manual is handing out fancy names for common, human problems.
 
The manual, widely known as the DSM, has long been thought of as the go-to source for diagnosing mental problems. Changes to the fifth edition of the manual is what's causing the controversy. It's the manual's first major update in nearly 20 years.
 
People said that trying to diagnose mental disorders is a good thing, but that sometimes we seem to diagnose problems too
quickly.
 
Harrison County Resident John Conley said, "They seem to try and quickly identify children, maybe prematurely, and then separate them from other students, where if they they had the time to devote a little more time to each student, they could keep them moving through the school system without putting them in separate classes."
 
Others said that awareness is one of the best ways to understand mental health.
 
Harrison County Resident Anita Lemasters said, "I have a father-in-law, and he's dealing with dementia and certain things like that, and so we're kind of learning as we go, but I think it does need to be aware to some people, so that you know what's coming or what to expect and so that maybe you can help them better."
 
One of the most notable changes in the manual is the removal of Asperger's Syndrome as a diagnosis that stood on it's own. It's now
under the umbrella term Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 
 

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