The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or simply the DSM, is the handbook that all mental health professionals use as a guide when diagnosing a client with a mental health disorder. The DSM is currently in its fourth edition. However, a new fifth edition is set to be published in May of 2013. With this new edition will come some major changes to how different mental health disorders are diagnosed.
A recent article published through CNN Heath entitled, "Psychiatric Association Approves Changes to Diagnostic Manual," featured information on adjustments that will be made in the diagnostic criteria of many mental health disorders. Most notably, Asperger's syndrome will be removed from the DSM. New disorders, such as, hoarding and binge eating, will be added to the manual. Additionally,changes to the diagnostic criteria will also occur for numerous disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder, and panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia.
Learn more about the significant changes that will occur for the diagnosis of panic disorder: Changes in Diagnostic Criteria of Panic Disorder