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Ethical and Legal Issues with DSM-V

This course was designed to assist you in developing an understanding of psychopathology while enhancing your diagnostic skills in addressing client mental health problems. As a future professional in the field, you may encounter a range of issues from confidentiality and rights of minors to client suicide and clients who pose a danger to others. Although developing a core set of successful strategies is important in working with clients, understanding legal and ethical codes practiced by psychologists in accordance with the DSM-5 is also critical in the development of such strategies. By understanding legal and ethical issues, you may minimize personal and professional liability for yourself, regardless of your future role in the field.

With the much anticipated publication of the DSM-5, consider specific legal and ethical responsibilities related to the DSM-5. Additionally, consider proposed changes and why the process of changing the DSM-IV-TR is controversial.

With these thoughts in mind:

an explanation of one ethical and one legal responsibility related to the release of the DSM-5. Then, explain at least one anticipated change in the DSM-IV-TR. Finally, explain why the revision of the DSM-IV-TR is controversial. Justify your response using the current literature and Learning Resources

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There have been a number of areas of concern with the release of the DSM-V. One ethical responsibility related to the release of the DSM-5 is the lowering of the threshold for mood disorder clinical diagnoses. There has been an alarming increase of children being diagnosed with mood disorders, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); therefore, if the threshold for diagnosing mood disorders is lowered there is a greater possibility of a misdiagnosis or a false-positive diagnosis. When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, the usual step is to prescribe medications to alleviate the symptoms; however, the symptoms of ADHD can also be associated with other disorders, which may require the use of other types of treatment (1).
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Discusses a possible ethical and legal issues to the release of the DSM-V based on corrections, revisions, and changes to mental disorder definition and the lowering of the mood disorder thresholds.