What Different Digital Versions of the DSM V Are Available?


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A digital version of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition" or DSM-5 is available to subscribers on dsm.psychiatryonline.org, under the section DSM Library. The manual is also available as an App for mobile phone available for purchase through Apple iTunes and Google Play.

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First issued by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952, the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" is used by medical professionals to diagnose and classify mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment and research, notes the American Psychiatric Association. The manual is updated periodically to reflect evolving medical viewpoints, note the manual's publisher. It is available in English, Chinese, Croatian, Czech Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. The 5th edition, published on May 18, 2013, reflects the first time the reference manual has been made available in both electronic and print versions.

The DSM has received criticism for its narrow focus. In 2013, the National Institute of Medical Health, the world's largest funding agency for research into mental health, condemned the DSM for "lack of validity" and announced it would no longer fund research projects that rely exclusively on DSM criteria.

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