New version of 'diagnostic bible' adds emotional disorders

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May 22, 2013, 10:56 am
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(NECN) - An attempt to make identifying mental health disorders easier is facing harsh criticism with the release of a new version -of what's long been considered a "diagnostic bible".
New additions have been made to the DSM-5, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This includes grief as a major depressive disorder, extreme childhood temper tantrums and binge eating as overeating that occurs at least once a week

Dr. David Barlow, professor of psychology and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University joins NECN.

“Research helps us understand disorders of emotion and behavior and cognition more deeply,” said Barlow.

He said when we start to label certain emotions or feelings as disorders, it opens doors for people who may think they have an illness and it opens a controversial door for drug companies that may want to target those people.

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Tags: mental illness, disorders, emotions, Dr. David Barlow, DSM-5
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