Crazy Like Us: How the U.S. Exports Its Models of Illness
The fears of many European psychiatrists may soon be realized. Earlier this week, Psychiatric News reported that the American Psychiatric Association has begun petitioning the various agencies overseeing changes to the ICD, or International Classification of Diseases, to request that they adopt its most-controversial changes in DSM-5.
According to Psychiatric News, the APA has asked the ICD formally to include seven new disorders listed in DSM-5, though not in ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM. They include Binge-eating disorder, Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, Social (pragmatic) communication disorder, Hoarding disorder, Excoriation (skin picking) disorder, and Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, whose controversial history is relayed here. Additionally, the APA requested that ICD-10-CM include gender dysphoria in adolescents and adults, rather than the more-recently listed gender identity disorder, as the organization has “revised its conceptualization and terminology” of the problem defined.