The American Psychiatric Association released the long-awaited DSM-5 on Saturday.
It’s the first revision of the diagnostic manual for mental health disorders since 1994. It has come under criticism by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and others for not being sufficiently biologically based.
In a statement accompanying the release, the APA said it will “make the process of revising the manual in the future more responsive to research breakthroughs via incremental updates until a new edition is required. Thus, diagnosis guidelines won’t be tied to a static publication but to scientific advances.”
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Up to 20% of children and adolescents are dealing with a mental disorder at a cost to the country of $247 billion, according to a new report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control.
The most common problem among children age 3-17 is ADHD, encompassing 6.8% of the population, according to the study using data collected between 2005 and 2011. Other disorders were behavioral or conduct issues (3.5%); anxiety (3%); depression (2.1%); autism spectrum disorder (1.1%); and Tourette syndrome (0.2% among children age 6-17).
Illicit dry use was the most common problem among adolescents 12-17 (4.7%); followed by alcohol use disorder (4.2%); and cigarette dependence (2.8%).
It was the first CDC report tracking childhood mental disorders.
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People who see the glass as half empty may live longer than those who see it as half full, a new study contends. Researchers at the University of Erlangen-Nuremburg in Germany looked at 10 years of data from 40,000 people and found that those who don’t expect much from their future had fewer disabilities and died later than those who are convinced they face a bright future.
The reason may be that people who are pessimistic about their future take more precautions for their health and safety.