For the first time in almost 2 decades, the nation’s psychiatrists are updating the guidebook they use to diagnose and define mental disorders. Among the most controversial changes are dropping familiar terms like Asperger’s disorder and dyslexia as well as gender identity disorder.

The guidebook’s official title is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The newly updated book will be the fifth edition, known as the DSM-5. The last major edition was published in 1994.

This book is a guide for the the current state of knowledge of psychiatric disorders. The manual is important for health care professionals to recognize mental disorders and shapes who will receive treatment. It’s also important for insurance agencies to help determine what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education. Details for the book will come next May when it is published. We hope to keep you updated on this news, so check back for regular updates here on Functional Independence Home Care News.