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  Thomas Widiger - University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  Cristina Crego - University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 162-176

The third edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was a highly successful revision in large part because it was tremendously innovative. The authors of the fifth edition intended their version to provide another paradigm shift. However, the process of its construction was riddled with problems and controversies. Discussed herein is the presence of the internet, confidentiality contracts, no gold standard, and the inadequate documentation of empirical support. Also discussed was the failed attempt to provide a paradigm shift. Recommendations for the construction of future editions of the diagnostic manual are provided.

Table of Contents
Problems for DSM-5
 Influence of Social Media
 Confidentiality Contracts
 No Gold Standard
 Inadequate Documentation of Empirical Support
Paradigm Shift?

Correspondence to
Thomas A. Widiger, Ph.D., 115 Kastle Hall, Department of Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 40506-0044.

DSM-5, diagnosis, classification, mental disorder

Received 2 Jan 2014; Revised 28 Apr 2014; Accepted 29 Apr 2014; In Press 14 Feb 2015

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