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Getting Used to Changes in DSM-5Depressive Disorders

Winston W. Shen

The American Psychiatric Association pub-lished the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) [1] in May 2013. As previously experienced right after the publications of DSM-IIto DSM-IV[2], I witnessed personally both negative and positive responses to DSM-5from the APA members. I re-member that psychoanalytically oriented APA members worried about their not being able to find any patients to treat when the diagnosis of “neurosis” disappeared from DSM-III[3] in 1980. But in fact, they all make a living by doing the same things during the time of DSM-IIIRand DSM-IVas they did before the era of DSM-III.
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