by William Van Ornum, Ph.D. on
For nearly the past 60 years, the psychiatric profession has published a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual describing different mental conditions that are treated by psychiatrists.
The first manual was spiral bound and was made up of fewer than 80 pages. DSM IV has become a major reference work, with hundreds of pages and many auxiliary texts. DSM V promises to be even more thorough. You may see the current draft of the manual, but may not make comments (the public previously was allowed to make comments, now these are being reviewed).
Here is where to view a draft version of DSM V:
Almost undoubtedly, this new version will define the field for several decades in the future. The professionals associated with AMHF also will examine the new edition closely.