The DSM -5 ( DSM- V also ) is the fifth edition, edited by the American Psychiatric Association classification system Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This version has replaced the fourth edition (DSM -IV) in May 2013.


The work on the DSM -5 began in 1999. Darrel A. Regier from 2000, recorded as research director of the APA responsible for coordinating the preparatory work, since 2004, has its own website.

Since 2006, a Task Force under the direction of David J. Copper, Darrel A. Regier acts as deputy. Since 2007, working groups meet regularly to the different diagnostic categories. In addition, the research results of numerous conferences and congresses are incorporated.


Changes in DSM- 5 relate to, for example, stricter criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, a revision of addiction chapter ( integration of addictions under the dependence disorders ), as well as a classification of diagnoses in 'mild', 'moderate' or 'severe'.

As new diagnoses will, inter alia, the Binge Eating added. Furthermore received no diagnosis: Burnout Syndrome, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Internet addiction. Asperger's syndrome is deleted as a diagnostic and now falls under autism spectrum disorders.


By the way, any behavioral problems as " mild " to diagnose fault, critics fear as the American psychiatrist Allen Frances inflation of diagnoses that attach, the person concerned for life, Jacobi et al. argue for a more objective debate.

Also, the National Institute of Mental Health ( NIMH) with its leader Thomas Insel, criticized the DSM -5 for its lack of validity.