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In preparation for the anticipated (May 2013) publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), the American Psychiatric Association has posted online the preliminary draft revisions to the current diagnostic critera for psychiatric diagnoses.  Since they were made available for review and opened for public comment, the proposed changes have sparked considerable debate.  See, for example, Opening Pandora's Box: The 19 Worst Suggestions for DSM-V and A Review of the DSM-5 Draft.  Do you have any comments you'd like to share?

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