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One of the most noticeable changes to this Web site concerns the structural organization of DSM-5. Rather than listing the diagnostic categories according to their placement in DSM-IV, we present here the revised chapter organization for DSM-5. This restructured organization is designed to better reflect scientific advances in our understanding of psychiatric disorders, as well as to make diagnosis easier and more clinician-friendly. For instance, all of the chapters are organized in a developmental lifespan fashion, starting with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which often are diagnosed in infancy and early childhood, and progressing through diagnostic areas more commonly diagnosed in adulthood, such as Sleep-Wake Disorders. Within each diagnostic category, the individual disorders are similarly arranged such that those typically diagnosed in childhood are listed first. This revised chapter ordering also makes a greater attempt to closely situate diagnostic areas that seem to be related to one another, such as creating a specific category for Bipolar and Related Disorders and placing it immediately after Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders.
You can read more about the rationale behind the revised chapter structure in a recent article from APA President Carol A. Bernstein, M.D., from Psychiatric News. Your feedback on this revised structure is very important, and we encourage you to please submit comments on this proposed organization, including how you think it might impact patient care and research.
Proposed DSM-5 Organizational Structure