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DSM 'Field Study' Results

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM ) published by the American Psychiatric Association is tasked with providing a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders . In theory, this has many benefits for those working across different disciplines. Version 5 has taken a decade to compile from 1,500 experts in psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, paediatrics, neurology and other related fields from 39 countries. Results from the DSM 'field trials' have now been published [1].  In several studies, the reliability of the new diagnostic criteria for different psychiatric disorders was measured. Two different psychiatrists assessed each patient, and the agreement between their diagnoses was calculated using the kappa statistic , where 0 indicates no correlation at all and 1 is perfect. Unfortunately, the reliabilities of most DSM-V disorders were not very good. This included s

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