The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) has announced that the DSM-5 diagnostic manual project will not define the focus of their work. With only weeks before the launch, the NIMH said, it will be “re-orienting its research away from DSM categories”. Those familiar with this project find this move somewhat surprising. The American Psychiatric Association may not agree, as they have been quoted to say this project was the “future of psychiatric diagnosis.”

This interesting news was found on Mind Hacks in their article, “National Institute of Mental Health abandoning the DSM.”

As a result, the NIMH will now be preferentially funding research that does not stick to DSM categories, but rather, those that look across current categories.

Melody K. Smith

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