A Tale of the DSMs


How did DSM begin and how did the most recent DSM get to its current state?

John J. Miller, MD, talks through the changes and developments of DSM.

DSM 1 was published in 1952, and sadly the terms were less than kind; but it was based on the information available at the time. DSM 2, published in 1968, consisted of mostly psychodynamics and therapy, when psychopharmacology was very young. DSM 3 published in 1980, introduced PTSD – only 40 yrs ago. 1994 saw the publication of DSM 4, and DSM 5 in 2013.

Dr Miller is Medical Director, Brain Health, Exeter, NH; Editor in Chief, Psychiatric Times; Staff Psychiatrist, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Exeter Hospital, Exeter, NH; Consulting Psychiatrist, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, MA.

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