Author | James Phillips, MD


PTSD in DSM-5: Understanding the Changes

September 25, 2015


Despite the efforts of a dedicated Work Group, DSM-5 has not significantly changed the problems with PTSD that beset DSM-IV.

DSM-5 Field Trials: What Was Learned

January 08, 2013


With DSM-5 now approved, all discussion has been removed from the DSM-5 Web site. According to the APA, the DSM-5 leadership moved to dimensional measures as one solution to the validity problem.

Gender Identity Disorder in Prison: Depending on a Diagnosis That Is Soon to Disappear?

September 28, 2012


A recent case has caused a flurry of opposing opinions. Not surprisingly, transgender advocacy groups have praised the judge's decision that the inmate in question has an eighth amendment right requiring the state to support and pay for sex reassignment surgery.

DSM-5 in the Homestretch-1. Integrating the Coding Systems

March 08, 2012


With DSM-5 scheduled for publication a little more than a year from now, we may safely assume that, barring unannounced surprises from, say, the APA Scientific Review Committee, what we will see on the DSM-5 Web site is what we will get. With that in mind it’s time to review what we will indeed get.

The Great DSM-5 Personality Bazaar

November 08, 2011


Both the DSM-5 Web site and Psychiatry News have recently heralded the proposed DSM-5 revision for diagnosis of personality disorders.

The Leaders’ Report on DSM-5

August 23, 2011


Regretfully, if we are to judge the progress of DSM-5 by the incoherence of a recent commentary by the Chair and Vice-chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, we have a lot to worry about.

Diagnosing Schizophrenia from DSM-II to DSM-5: A Quiz

July 13, 2011


DSM-II was published in 1968. DSM-5 will be published in 2013. How much progress have we made? I propose that we approach this question with a quiz.

DSM-5 and the NIMH Research Domain Criteria Project

April 14, 2011


The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) project raises many questions about DSM-5 and future DSMs.

How to Use the DSM

January 27, 2011


In my previous blog, The Missing Person in the DSM, I questioned whether the DSM diagnostic manual classifies psychiatric disorders or the individuals suffering from diagnostic disorders-Ms Smith’s bipolar disorder, or Ms Smith, a person with bipolar disorder.

The Missing Person in the DSM

December 22, 2010


Here’s a question. As you sit across from your patient, what or whom are you treating: Ms Smith’s bipolar illness, or Ms Smith, a person with bipolar illness? The DSM leans toward the first choice.