The DSM-4 was widely criticized for "overpathologizing" ordinary and expected human experiences and emotions.
"Every time the DSM is revised it gets bigger and there seem to be more and more disorders, and new ones seem to be invented," said James Maddux, a professor of psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "There has been a gradual psychopathologizing of everyday problems in living."
The DSM-5, however, might escape such criticisms, Maddux conceded.
"Any movement towards a dimensional model is a move in the direction of being consistent with the research," he said. "Any change that reduces the probability that someone with a normal, expected problem in living is going to be said to have a mental disorder is also a move in the right direction."
View and comment on the proposed changes by visiting the American Psychiatric Association.
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