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Does the list of recognized mental illnesses change over time?

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders undergoes a periodic revision and lists the recognized mental illnesses, states the American Psychiatric Association. As of 2015, the DSM is in its fifth revision.

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Does the list of recognized mental illnesses change over time?
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The 1840 census tracked a single mental health condition, "idiocy/insanity." The 1880 census gathered statistics about seven mental health categories, reports the American Psychiatric Association. The sixth edition of the International Classification of Diseases, published after World War II, was the first to include a section for mental disorders, which contained 17 categories. The first edition of the DSM was based on a variation of the ICD-6 and was published in 1952 by the American Psychiatric Association Committee on Nomenclature and Statistics. More than 160 researchers and clinicians participated in the work and study groups that developed the changes incorporated into the DSM-5, which was released in 2013.

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