Importance of updating the dsm
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) now encompasses the four previously separate and distinct disorders of Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS.
With the recent increase in ASD diagnoses, this development has been controversial because it influences the type of services that are available to those with this diagnosis.
The DSM-V discontinued the use of the five axes that were so popular in the DSM-IV-TR.
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In the new section on OCD, new diagnoses have been added such as: Hoarding Disorder, Excoriation (skin-picking) Disorder, Substance or Medication Induced OCD, and OCD due to another medical condition (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
The DSM-V has also added specifiers to this section that describe the level of insight the individual has about their symptoms.