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DSM-V Controversies

In the field of psychology, it is important to recognize the roots of knowledge and past experiences in order to advance understanding and enhance practices. Over the years, scientific advancements in the areas of cultural factors, biological influences, and behavioral characteristics have contributed to answers for known gaps in diagnostic criteria outlined in previous versions of the DSM. Although some changes may be controversial within the field, the revised DSM may provide more answers for client diagnoses and/or treatment plans.

For this Discussion, select one of the controversies regarding the publication of the DSM-5. Consider your position in the controversy and how it may influence your role as future professional in the field.

With these thoughts in mind:

a description of a controversy associated with the publication of the DSM-5. Then explain your position on this controversy and how it may influence your role as future professional in the field.

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One of the main controversies related to the DSM-V is that of the motivation behind its creation and publication. "The motives of the people working on DSM 5 have often been questioned. They have been accused of having a financial conflict of interest because some have (minimal) drug company ties and also because so many of the DSM 5 changes will enhance Pharma profits ...

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A discussion regarding two controversies related to the DSM-V changes including the movitation behind its creation and publication and the "new" diagnoses within the book. Expert opinion regarding how to handle these changes as well. 208 words, 1 reference.

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