DSM-IV and new diagnostic categories: Holding the line on proliferation

H. A. Pincus, A. Frances, W. W. Davis, M. B. First, T. A. Widiger

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The authors discuss aspects of the decision-making process for including 'new' diagnostic categories in DSM-IV. They detail the different kinds of new categories proposed for inclusion in DSM-IV and discuss the risks and benefits of incorporating them. The authors comment on whether new diagnostic categories should be included in official nosologies as a stimulus for research or as a culmination of research. They also highlight problems with 'sunsetting' diagnoses. The criteria for change in DSM-IV-a way to deal with the expanding array of proposals for additional diagnostic entities-are discussed. The authors also offer a series of specific examples of the different kinds of new categories being considered for inclusion in DSM-IV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-117
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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