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The psychopathology of James Bond and its implications for the revision of the DSM-(00)7

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The release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been controversial.1,2 One concern is that the DSM-5 promotes overdiagnosis, encouraging the unnecessary use of medications and potential stigmatisation through diagnostic labelling that does not necessarily lead to better treatment outcomes.3 The lack of consideration for local philosophical, cultural and professional practice needs has also been raised.4 The American Psychiatric Association (APA) should be commended for providing the first thorough revision of the DSM in more than 30 years.5 However, the resulting document is now a more complicated, thicker tome than the original version published in 1952, and literally adds weight to psychiatric diagnosis. A lighter, easier-to-use DSM would be welcomed.

Given the vocal debate that has ensued following the release of DSM-5, the authors of this article feel there is some merit in making the DSM more concise, while still ensuring that the criteria are effective when diagnosing complex cases. It was agreed that revised, more parsimonious DSM criteria were required. The authors were concerned that the APA would already be preparing the DSM-6, and therefore decided to begin with the DSM-(00)7. This paper…