What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V

D. J. Stein, K. A. Phillips, D. Bolton, K. W M Fulford, J. Z. Sadler, K. S. Kendler

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Abstract

The distinction between normality and psychopathology has long been subject to debate. DSM-III and DSM-IV provided a definition of mental disorder to help clinicians address this distinction. As part of the process of developing DSM-V, researchers have reviewed the concept of mental disorder and emphasized the need for additional work in this area. Here we review the DSM-IV definition of mental disorder and propose some changes. The approach taken here arguably takes a middle course through some of the relevant conceptual debates. We agree with the view that no definition perfectly specifies precise boundaries for the concept of mental/psychiatric disorder, but in line with a view that the nomenclature can improve over time, we aim here for a more scientifically valid and more clinically useful definition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1759-1765
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Medicine
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • Mental disorder
  • nosology
  • philosophy
  • psychiatric disorder

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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Stein, D. J., Phillips, K. A., Bolton, D., Fulford, K. W. M., Sadler, J. Z., & Kendler, K. S. (2010). What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V. Psychological Medicine, 40(11), 1759-1765. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291709992261

What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V. / Stein, D. J.; Phillips, K. A.; Bolton, D.; Fulford, K. W M; Sadler, J. Z.; Kendler, K. S.

In: Psychological Medicine, Vol. 40, No. 11, 11.2010, p. 1759-1765.

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Stein, DJ, Phillips, KA, Bolton, D, Fulford, KWM, Sadler, JZ & Kendler, KS 2010, 'What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V', Psychological Medicine, vol. 40, no. 11, pp. 1759-1765. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291709992261
Stein DJ, Phillips KA, Bolton D, Fulford KWM, Sadler JZ, Kendler KS. What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V. Psychological Medicine. 2010 Nov;40(11):1759-1765. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291709992261
Stein, D. J. ; Phillips, K. A. ; Bolton, D. ; Fulford, K. W M ; Sadler, J. Z. ; Kendler, K. S. / What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? from DSM-IV to DSM-V. In: Psychological Medicine. 2010 ; Vol. 40, No. 11. pp. 1759-1765.
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